Barrier property and penetration traces in packaging films against Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) larvae and Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) adults

S. K. Chung, J. Y. Seo, J. H. Lim, H. H. Park, Y. T. Kim, K. H. Song, S. J. Park, S. S. Han, Y. S. Park, H. J. Park

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The barrier property of different types of plastic film (with or without pinholes) against two insects, Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) larvae and Tribolium castaneum (Herbst) adults, and the morphology of damage produced in these insects were investigated. Using a penetration apparatus, four types of plastic films varying in thickness were used for insect-penetration tests: casted polypropylene, 20 μm and 25 μm (CPP20 and CPP25); oriented polypropylene, 20 μm and 30 μm (OPP20 and OPP30); linear low-density polyethylene, 40 μm and 50 μm (LLDPE40 and LLDPE50); and polyethylene terephthalate 12 μm and 16 μm (PET12 and PET16). After being fixed and tested in the penetration apparatus, each film was cut into a disc shape and 10 holes (200 μm diameter) were made by a pin. The shape of film damage and the mouthparts of insects were observed using scanning electronic microscopy. Plodia interpunctella larvae could penetrate all films with pinholes, while T. castaneum adults were unable to penetrate any of the films tested, even those with pinholes. The penetration-percentages by P. interpunctella larvae were 38% (LLDPE40), 3% (LLDPE), 53% (CPP20), 37% (CPP25), 63% (OPP20), 43% (OPP30), 83% (PET12) and 63% (PET16). The elongation value, tensile strength and thickness of film were important factors in the penetration test. LLDPE, which has the highest elongation value and the lowest tensile strength value, was the film that best protected against insect penetration. In CPP and LLDPE films, there were many scratches and tears around the holes. In comparison, much less damage was observed around the holes in OPP and PET films. By observing the mouthparts of insects, it was determined that P. interpunctella larvae had sharper mandibles than those of T. castaneum adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-105
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Stored Products Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr


  • Barrier property
  • Insect penetration
  • Mouthparts
  • Packaging film
  • Plodia interpunctella
  • Tribolium castaneum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Insect Science
  • Horticulture


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