chapter  2
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Stored Grain Ecosystem, and Heat and Moisture Transfer in Grain Bulks

The ability to store durable agricultural products depends on many interrelated factors. To better understand their interplay and the potential fields of intervention for improving traditional storage, the storage structure is considered as an ecosystem. The following are the components of the ecosystem and the interrelationships among them:

The interaction of the above factors as they affect grain in the


storage structure should be carefully evaluated to form the overall perspective of managing the grain storage. Effective management of the stored grain ecosystem varies widely based on the external environment of the storage facility. It is also seriously affected by the influence of environmental and agricultural change in third-world countries, where available resources to support desirable storage units may be quite limited. Potential avenues of action to resolve these economic and environmental imbalances are discussed in the following sections.