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

Mul, Monique, van Riel, Johan, Meerburg, Bastiaan, Dicke, Marcel, George, David and Groot Koerkamp, Peter (2015) Validation of an automated mite counter for Dermanyssus gallinae in experimental laying hen cages. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 66 (4). pp. 589-603. ISSN 0168-8162

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: integrated pest management (IPM), automated counter, validation, Dermanyssus gallinae, poultry red mite, laying hen
Subjects: C900 Others in Biological Sciences
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
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Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2015 10:39
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 16:46

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