Overview: Grain and seed fungal colonization is a worldwide concern causing loss of seed quality, reduced germination, and increased hazard of mycotoxin contamination. The Solvita test is an early-detector system capable of revealing low to moderate levels of early fungal respiration, enabling preventative measures to be taken.
Application: This field application requires a small amount of grain such as employed in moisture determination which is placed in an incubation jar in the presence of a Solvita CO2 detector for 4 and 24-hrs to reveal “in-situ” respiration. A new Purdue University application uses a small addition of water to bring the grain to 25% wetness and accurately assesses “spoilage potential” read over 4-hrs. Tabulations in instruction manual allow estimated time of safe storage.
Results of Solvita grain test may also be read more accurately with a Solvita Digital Color Reader (DCR) in the Lo-CO2 Basal mode to attain quantification as mg/kg grain.
Contents: Included in the test kit package are:
- 6 Grain CO2 detector probes
- 6 Incubation jars (glass), lids and gas-tight gaskets
- 1 Color Chart for reading CO2 results
- 1 Grain Test Instruction Manual with interpretation guide
Refills: Additional probes and jars are available in varying quantities to refill the kit.