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Systematic & Applied Acarology (2007) 12, 117-119
Mass production of the predatory mite Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Womersley) (Acari: Laelapidae)
RENATA ANGÉLICA PRADO FREIRE1 & GILBERTO JOSÉ DE MORAES
Departamento de Entomologia, Fitopatologia e Zoologia Agrícola, USP-ESALQ, 13418-900-Piracicaba-SP, Brazil
1Corresponding author. E-mail: email@example.com
Best results were obtained when mites were collected 30 days after the rearing units were set up (Table 1). The number of predators increased 40-fold in that period. When predators were maintained in the units for 60 days, the rate of increase was smaller, probably due to the accumulation of waste material (predator and prey excreta, decomposing mites, etc) and/or to the increasing competition among predators.
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