Plant Mites and Sociality

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Plant Mites

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Among mites, those inhabiting various plants were selected as a target group. Their diverse life types are introduced in Chapter 2. In particular, the knowledge that the tremendous diversity of spider mites, a famous pest group in agriculture and forestry, is largely the result of a co-evolutionary “arms-race” with their specific predator group the phytoseiid mites, is addressed.