Understanding the biology and control of the poultry red mite Dermanyssus gallinae: a review

James Pritchard, Tatiana Kuster, Olivier Sparagano, Fiona Tomley

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Abstract

Dermanyssus gallinae, the poultry red mite (PRM), is a blood-feeding ectoparasite capable of causing pathology in birds, amongst other animals. It is an increasingly important pathogen in egg layers and is responsible for substantial economic losses to the poultry industry worldwide. Even though PRM poses a serious problem, very little is known about the basic biology of the mite. Here we review the current body of literature describing red mite biology and discuss how this has been, or could be, used to develop methods to control PRM infestations. We focus primarily on the PRM digestive system, salivary glands, nervous system and exoskeleton and also explore areas of PRM biology which have to date received little or no study but have the potential to offer new control targets. Publisher statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Avian Pathology on 21 April 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03079457.2015.1030589
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-153
JournalAvian Pathology
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015

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Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Avian Pathology on 21 April 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03079457.2015.1030589

Keywords

  • Acari
  • Animalia
  • Aves
  • Dermanyssus gallinae

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