Our research has culminated in a book (in production) that will address the difficulty, particularly for non-taxonomists, of identifying mites found in agricultural systems around the world.
Mites associated with crop production and storage can have negative effects by:
Mites can also be beneficial by preying on harmful species. In many cases, however, their impact on crops is unknown.
In order to make informed crop management decisions, it is important to be able to distinguish between mite species.
The publication contains information on study methods and morphology, a pictorial key and descriptions of the important species that inhabit living and stored crop plants.