Diagnosis of qualitative and quantitative damage caused by Bruchids on legumes in Morocco
El Meziani, Inaam
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The qualitative and quantitative post-harvest losses of legumes remain a major concern for farmers in Morocco. The storage pests are one of the most destroying factors of stored pulses. This work focuses on identifying the different species of insects attacking stored pulses in Morocco, and evaluating their negative effects on the quality, quantity and germination of the grains. The results highlight the dominance of Bruchidae family, attacking more than half of storages especially faba bean major and minor. The results showed a quantitative loss of grain weight reaching up to 34%. The germination was also negatively affected; it has fluctuated between 75 and 85% depending on the frequency of bruchid attacks per grain.