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MITE species composition from grain stores: a report from Kashmir, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology and Environmental Science, Punjabi University, Patiala-147002, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 8, Issue (5), Pages 8-16, May,10 (2019)

Abstract

In storage facilities, mites can be found either in stored food or food residues. In the present investigation, a total of 120 samples were collected and examined for exploring the mite fauna and sampling surveys lasted from March 2017 to February 2018. The samples were collected from the 10 Grain stores, one sample per month from each Grain store. The samples constituted the various materials like organic dust, debris and residues. Out of the 120 samples collected from the 10 Grain stores (12 samples from each Grain Store), 59 (49.17%) samples were infested with mites and 17 mite species were reported. The number of mite-infested samples and the mite populations they contained differed from one Grain store to another Grain store as well as varied dramatically between the hotter and cooler months. The most predominant species reported in terms of the number of samples found infested with and the number of specimens obtained was Acarus siro followed by Tyrophagus putrescentiae.

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