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Tropical Research & Education Center

Tropical Research & Education Center

Tentative Schedule


  • Monday

    Morning: Introduction, taxonomy, morphology and physiology

    • Welcome and intro: What are mites and why are they important?
    • Mite diversity worldwide and in the US
    • Mite taxonomy
    • Mite morphology and physiology

    Afternoon: Mite behavior, sample collection, preparation and mite identification

    • Mite behavior
    • Sample collection, preparation and mounting techniques
    • Mite identification, how do you distinguish among families?
    • Practical exercise: prepare a sample and identify to which family it belongs
  • Tuesday

    Morning: Spider mites and Flat mites

    • Spider mites (Tetranychoidea) ethology, ecology, control
    • Flat mites (Tenuipalpidae) ethology, ecology, control
    • Flat mites – virus interactions

    Afternoon: Field excursion-Spider mite problems on tropical fruits, vegetables and ornamentals  

  • Wednesday

    Morning: Eriophyoid, Broad and Astigmatid mites

    • Eriophyoid mites ethology, ecology, control
    • Eriophyoid mites – virus interactions
    • Broad mites (Tarsonemidae) ethology, ecology, control

    Afternoon: Astigmatid mites, species identification

    • Astigmatid mites (Tarsonemidae) ethology, ecology, control
    • Practical exercise: identify eriophyoid and broad mites based on symptoms
  • Thursday

    Morning: Predatory mites (Phytoseiidae)

    • The phytoseiid family ethology, ecology
    • The use of phytoseiids in bio-control (conservation, augmentation)

    Afternoon: Other predatory mites (Stigmeiidae, Cheyletidae, Bdellidae, Cunaxidae, Tydeidae, Anystidae, Erythraeidae)

    • How to rear predatory mites 
    • Biological control of weeds using Eriophyoid mites
    • Practical exercise: collect and identify the predators
  • Friday

    Morning: Basic ecological theories describing multitrophic interactions

    • Population dynamics and biocontrol
    • Selection of biocontrol agents

    Afternoon: IPM -IMM programs for pest mites

    • What are IPM and IMM?
    • Factors that we should consider when we build an IPM program
    • Chemical and cultural control
    • Invasive species and quarantine pests for the US/Florida

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