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Stored Product Protection and Technology (SPPT) Research & Extension Program

The SPPT Research & Extension Program has a primary focus to conduct laboratory and field research in stored product protection to ensure and maintain grain quality during post-harvest operations.

Laboratory services are offered through the Grain & Feed Microbiology and Toxicology Laboratory. The following being just a few of the services offered:

  • Bacterial, fungal, and yeast enumeration
  • Quantification of mycotoxins
  • Pathogenic testing of food/feed products

Be sure to check out our group current research project and publications/presentations below!

SPPT Headline News


  • Anne Rigdon will be presenting her research at the KSU Research and the State graduate student poster session. This event will take place November 6, 2012 at the KSU Student Union Ballroom. Be sure to attend! To see the poster she will be presenting click here.


  • New links have been made available. More to come!


  • We are in the process of uploading past publications and current research projects to our website!


  • More information to be uploaded soon!
  • The SPPT Research & Extension Program website goes live!

For past news follow this link [PDF]

Current Research Projects

CO2 Monitoring in Grain Storage Structures

  • Project manager: Dr. Kantha Channaiah
  • Objective: Continuously monitor CO2 concentration in grain storage structures for early detection of spoilage conditions.

Utilization of Silobags as an Aternative Grain Storage Techonolgy

  • Project managers: Carlos Campabadal and Dr. Kantha Channaiah
  • Objective: Evaluate the effectiveness of using grain siolbags as a temporary storage techonology for wheat, corn, soybeans, and sorghum during a long term storage by quantifiying and analyzing their grain quality parameters, effect of ambient conditions and by using a CO2 measuring technology to analyze early grain spoilage.

Biomass Transportation Logisitcs Modeling

  • Project manager: Adrian Martinez
  • Objective: Quantify advantages of using GIS-based approach to predict feedstock supply area for existing or planned biomass-based processing facilities.

Impact of Biomass Storage on Processing

  • Project manager: Anne Rigdon
  • Objective: Quantify enzymatic and microbial changes in sorghum biomass during extended storage along with ethanol yield under different storage conditions (baled, wrapped in plastic, left in field).

Publications & Presentations

Member's referred publications

Non-Refereed publications [PDF]

Popular articles [PDF]

SPPT Members

Research Group Leader

Research Associates

Graduate Students

International Collaborators

Contact Us

Dept of Grain Science & Industry

Attn: SPPT Research Group

201 Shellenberger Hall


Manhattan, KS, 66506

If you are interested in an advance degree in Stored Product Protection Technology, please contact:

Beveryl McGee [bmcgee@ksu.edu]