Marvelous Mites, the effects of different food combinations on Carpoglyphus lactis reproduction rate
Sir Winston Churchill
Floor Location : S 213 V
Recently, the excessive use of pesticides has ushered in alternative pest control methods such as biocontrol using natural predators. Drawing on previous professional researchrninto mite food sources, my experiment focuses on finding the ideal food combination for efficient reproduction of Carpoglyphus lactis, the factitious host mite used to raise Amblyseius swirskii, a predatory mite employed for biocontrol in greenhouses. Through raising mites in volume cultures under controlled conditions over 3 weeks, I have found moisture and yeast critical and honey beneficial for rapid mite reproduction. These results are informative for efficient industrialized rearing of A. swirskii on C. lactis.