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Unlocking the secrets of mites: Agricultural acarology workshop aims to increase expertise in this emerging science

Lourdes MederosMarch 25th, 2024Mites are arachnids that are found in almost every environment with more than 55,000 described species worldwide. Some mites are classified as pests, while others are beneficial. Those who study mites are known as acarologists. Fewer than 100 scientists in the United States specialize in mites of agricultural importance. “This is a problem. Mites are […]

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