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Methods of Rearing and Transporting Predacious Mites1

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Plastic plates with a border of oil, to which was added grease or vaseline, were used for breeding predacious mites in the laboratory. The addition of grease or vaseline to the oil increased the density of the oil border and facilitated microscopic examination. The contact of mites with the oil border was prevented by a 2-3-mm-high wall around its inner side. Small stocks of mites were bred in round plastic containers, which were put into a large rectangular tray kept at optimal moisture and aeration conditions. Mass breeding of mites feeding on pollen or live food (phytophagous mites) was carried out by putting fruits or leaves infested with Tetranychus cinnabarinus Boisduval in the center of large plates. Mites were transported to the citrus plantations in plastic tubes into which the mites were placed by a vacuum pump.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1966

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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