Plant & Works Engineering
Lascar’s answer to accurate temperature monitoring in potato stores
Published:  18 March, 2020

“World over, continuous use of CIPC (as a sprout suppressant on potatoes) for a period of more than 50 years and that too at commercial scale has brought in some pertinent issues which are related directly to the safety of human, animal, water and environment” (Paul, Ezekiel and Pandey, 2015).

In light of the recent termination of Chlorpropham as a sprout suppressant, research into alternative sprout suppression solutions is being performed. Further investigation has been carried out into finding ways of sustaining potatoes whilst they are kept in storage. This study explores Chlorpropham, its uses, as well as exploring alternative sprout suppressants. This research has identified Ethylene as an ideal solution. However, for Ethylene to be most effective, stores must consistently remain at 3.5°C (Briddon, 2006), requiring regular temperature checks. This study puts forward a temperature monitoring solution using Lascar Electronics’ EL-USB-1-PRO data logger. 

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