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R463 CIPC Use in Low Temperature Pre-pack Stores

Publication Date: 
20 December 2015
Author/Contact :
Adrian Briddon

Contractor :
Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR)

Full Research Project Title: Development of CIPC best practice recommendations for low-temperature (pre pack) box stores to minimise risk of exceeding the maximum residue level
Duration: October 2012 - September 2015

Industry Challenge

CIPC is the main sprout suppressant used in GB. Due to exceedances in the Maximum Residue Level (MRL) the chemical was referred to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, and a cross-industry stewardship group set up, tasked with improving standards of usage. Low temperature overhead throw box stores have been identified as being at particular risk of exceeding the MRL. This is thought to be due to sprout suppression by CIPC being limited by a low saturation vapour pressure at 3-4°C, rather than availability of the chemical in-store. This suggests that dose rates lower than those employed currently will result in sprout control and much reduced risk of exceeding the MRL.


Sutton Bridge Crop Storage Research (SBCSR), University of Glasgow



a) Carry out standard and reduced rate applications of CIPC to separate sample boxes of fresh market potatoes during pull-down to holding temperature.

b) At critical stages, analyse air samples for CIPC vapour and tubers for CIPC residue concentration.

c) Assess sprout control efficacy at store unloading.

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