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What factors may be responsible for losses of grains during storage?

Answer

Biotic and abiotic factors are responsible for the loss of stored grains. During the storage of grains, various biotic factors such as insects, rodents, mites, fungi, bacteria, etc. and various abiotic factors such as inappropriate moisture, temperature, lack of sunlight, flood, etc. are responsible for losses of grains. These affect the quality, cause a loss in weight, discoloration of produce, thereby making the grains unfit for the market.

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