Acarologia Montpellier Course 2019

Molecular techniques for characterising mite and tick communities: applied aspects

From 08 July 2019 - 9h to 12 July 2019 - 17h
  • Acquire broad-knowledge about molecular techniques and their use in applied science (i.e. biological control)
  • Understand the principles of Barcoding for species identification: advantages and pitfalls
  • Understand population genetic tools and analyses for studying mite and tick communities and invasion pathways
  • An introduction to NGS technologies for assessing trophic interactions
  • Interpretation and analysis of molecular results with case studies
The Acari, including both mites and ticks, are a diverse group of organisms with a worldwide distribution, frequently occupying extreme habitats and performing essential ecological functions. However, due to their size, they are difficult to identify and study. They have their own particularities that require specific techniques and approaches.
Training and education in Acarology is becoming more and more rare. There are few existing specific educational programmes in Europe, even though the need for expertise on mites and ticks has increased. Indeed, these species are being increasingly studied with respect to their roles as biological control agents, ecosystem engineers, parasites of species of conservation concern and disease vectors.
Twelve participants of 8 nationalities (Brazil, India, Tunisia, Italy, Mexico, Israel, Belgium, France) were welcomed from July 8 to 12 to deepen the notions of molecular biology on mites both on theoretical and practical aspects.
Because Montpellier is one of the significant scientific places in Acarology, the organisers wanted to share their knowledge and show how new techniques can help to answer fundamental ecological questions for understanding diversity and its use for sustainable agriculture and resource conservation.
Contents and key words
● Molecular identification
● Population genetics
● Molecular analytical issues
● Community ecology
● Biological control issues

  • Interactive lessons
  • E-learning facilities
  • Case studies and exercises
  • Practical work including DNA extraction, amplification and sequencing