CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS OF TAN-O-QUIL-QM TREATED WATERFOWL FEATHERS
ARMY NATICK LABS MA APPLIED ENTOMOLOGY GROUP
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Prior to being utilized for military purposes, feathers from Government stockpiles are treated with the Tan-O-Quil-QM process which curls the feather quill see PB-181 455, PB-181 456. The chemical and biological aspects of the compatibility of this treatment with the DDT applied to the feathers for mothproofing purposes were investigated. The results show that 1 Tan-O- Quil-QM-treated feathers are susceptible to attack by black carpet beetle larvae 2 DDT-treated feathers which were washed prior to treatment with Tan- O-Quil-QM, retained sufficient DDT 0.21 to protect the feathers from attack by black carpet beetle larvae 3 there were no chemical, physical or biological effects of the Tan-O-Quil-QM process on DDT.
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