Mite Pathogens and Their Use in Biological Control

  • Vitalis W. WekesaEmail author
  • Fabien C. C. Hountondji
  • Surendra K. Dara
Part of the Progress in Biological Control book series (PIBC, volume 19)


An overview of infectious microorganisms associated with pest mites is presented. Many mites are major impediments to the production of food crops either in open fields or under protected environments such as greenhouses and plastic tunnels. Reliance on chemical acaricides for management of these mites is of serious concern due to the development of resistance in mite populations, environmental disturbance and effect on human health. Several pathogens play an important role in the regulation of pest mite populations through natural epizootics. The majority of these are fungi, but other pathogens include viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and nematodes. Several successful examples of pathogens that have been produced in vitro for the control of pest mites are presented. Interaction of the pathogens with beneficial arthropods such as predatory mites is also important for implementing biological control. Prospects for the application of acaropathogens in the management of mites in various agricultural systems are discussed.


Biocontrol agents Acaropathogens Mites and IPM 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vitalis W. Wekesa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fabien C. C. Hountondji
    • 2
  • Surendra K. Dara
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Applied and Technical BiologyTechnical University of KenyaNairobiKenya
  2. 2.Université de Parakou, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences et Techniques AgronomiquesDjougouRepublic of Benin
  3. 3.Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor and Affiliated IPM AdvisorSan Luis Obispo, Santa BarbaraUSA
  4. 4.Ventura Counties, UC Cooperative ExtensionSan Luis ObispoUSA

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