Influence of Small Differences in Moisture Content upon the Invasion of Hard Red Winter Wheat by Aspergillus restrictus and A. repens.
C. M. Christensen. Copyright 1963 by the American Association of Cereal Chemists, Inc.
Replicate samples of hard red winter wheat adjusted to moisture contents of 14.2 to 15.5%.were stored in the laboratory at 20-25 C. and periodically tested for moisture content and number and kinds of storage fungi. An increase of 0.5% in moisture content greatly increased the growth of Aspergillus restrictus within 36 to 68 days, and of A. repens within 170 days. Increases in moisture content of 0.2 to 0.3% in the range of moisture content between 14.2 and 15.0%, resulted in a considerable increase in the growth of A. restrictus within 76 to 153 days and of A. repens within 153 days.