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Assessment of Mite Fertility – Development of a molecular-based probe test for assessment of fecundity of P.persimilis populations

  • Project Leaders: Brian Ellis
  • Institutions: University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Budget: $289482
  • Program/Competition: Applied Genomics Programs
  • Genome Centre(s): Genome British Columbia
  • Status: Closed

The two-spotted spider mite is a common pest in horticulture and to control these mites greenhouses often use chemical pesticides or another type of mite, Phytoseiulus persimilis, which preys on this pest. This small-scale project found proteomic differences between virgin and mated female P. persimilis which, with further development, could lead to a simple test for industry to assess the reproductive capacities of commercially produced predatory mites. Despite the promising proof-of-principle results from this project, the relatively high cost to industry of developing a test further makes it unlikely at the current time that a commercial test will result from this project.