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A well established means of refining estimates of levels of loss is to consider the temperature of the clamp, or at least the temperature of the environment in which the clamp stands. The role of temperature as a proximate cause of loss is well documented in the literature, and dates back at least to the late 1940s, when a number of trials on large scale commercial factory storage in the US were being conducted (see for example Gaddie and Tolman, 1952). Subsequent laboratory and field trials have repeatedly verified these results, adding nuance to the point where the relationship is satisfactorily understood both in terms of mechanisms and the correlation, covariates and limits in the relationship.1

Gaddie, R. S. and B. Tolman (1952). “Large Scale Supplemental Ventilation of Sugar Beets Stored for 106 Days.” Proceedings of the ASSBT 7: 644-648.

1Direct extract from: English, W. (2020). Long Term Storage of Sugar Beets and the Role of Temperature. Introductory paper at the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science. Alnarp, Sweden, Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Science. 2020:14.

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