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Validation of an automated mite counter for Dermanyssus gallinae in experimental laying hen cages

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dave George



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© 2015, The Author(s). For integrated pest management (IPM) programs to be maximally effective, monitoring of the growth and decline of the pest populations is essential. Here, we present the validation results of a new automated monitoring device for the poultry red mite (Dermanyssus gallinae), a serious pest in laying hen facilities world-wide. This monitoring device (called an “automated mite counter”) was validated in experimental laying hen cages with live birds and a growing population of D. gallinae. This validation study resulted in 17 data points of ‘number of mites counted’ by the automated mite counter and the ‘number of mites present’ in the experimental laying hen cages. The study demonstrated that the automated mite counter was able to track the D. gallinae population effectively. A wider evaluation showed that this automated mite counter can become a useful tool in IPM of D. gallinae in laying hen facilities.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mul MF, van Riel JW, Meerburg BG, Dicke M, George DR, Groot Koerkamp PWG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Experimental and Applied Acarology

Year: 2015

Volume: 66

Issue: 4

Pages: 589-603

Print publication date: 01/08/2015

Online publication date: 23/05/2015

Acceptance date: 30/04/2015

Date deposited: 25/07/2019

ISSN (print): 0168-8162

ISSN (electronic): 1572-9702

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers


DOI: 10.1007/s10493-015-9923-2

PubMed id: 26002308


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