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    2010-09-30

    Welcome to the 3rd issue of the 50th anniversary volume

    Dear Acarologists, Authors and Readers of Acarologia,

    I am honoured and proud to present issue 3 of our 50th anniversary volume!

    On behalf of myself and the managing editorial board, I would like to thank you for all the encouraging messages received from around the world concerning the new journal format. Your input and support are fundamental in making this journal a success ! And now, and for the following years, I would like also to give my warm thanks to the Acarology Community, for trusting in Acarologia, and for their enthusiasm and support to the Journal.

    Enjoy the reading!

    Pr. Serge KREITER, Editor-in-Chief of Acarologia




    2010-06-29

    Editorial 50th anniversary volume, 2nd issue

    Dear Acarologists, Authors and Readers of Acarologia,

    After welcoming you to a new era in acarological history, with the 1st issue of the New Acarologia (Kreiter, 2010), I am honoured and proud to present issue 2 of our 50th anniversary volume!

    As you can see, this new issue is published on time, before the end of June ! I am equally happy to announce that the issue 3 is already completed and will appear as scheduled by the end of September. However, we are still accepting submissions for issue 4 which will be published before the end of 2010. If you want to appear in the anniversary volume, you will therefore have to submit very quickly!

    In this new issue, you will find excellent papers that cover many classical and new areas of Acarology. You will discover first an obituary concerning one of our greatest acarologists, Professor Valeriy Shevchenko. Two articles on systematics of mites, one concerning water mites from Oman, another one concerning a new genus of phytoseiid mites from Brazil, are then proposed. A paper in medical and veterinary acarology (mites of chicken) and a paper on agricultural acarology (phytophagous mites of citrus) are also offered in this issue 2. And last but not least, three papers covering less explored areas (Functional biology, Behavioural ecology and Phylogeny), are concluding this new issue.

    Finally, on behalf of myself and the managing editorial board, I would like to thank you for all the encouraging messages received from around the world concerning the new journal format. Your input and support are fundamental in making this journal a success ! And now, and for the following years, I would like also to give my warm thanks to the Acarology Community, for trusting in Acarologia, and for their enthusiasm and support to the Journal.

    Enjoy the reading!

    Pr. Serge KREITER, Editor-in-Chief of Acarologia

    Kreiter S., 2010. Welcome to the ne Acarologia. The 50th Anniversary volume. Acarologia 50 (1): 3-4.


    2010-04-01

    Editorial 50th anniversary volume

    Dear Acarologists,

    As you well know, the Acari represent one of the most diverse animal groups with respect to species diversity, as well as to the variety of their life styles and ecological relationships. Thus, mites are excellent objects of investigation for all fields of evolutionary and ecological research. The fascination and scientific potential of mites can only continue to attract more and more scientists from around the world and from all scientific disciplines. The expected consequence will be an increase in knowledge and, in turn, an enhancement of excellent scientific studies requiring publication!

    A few months ago, our esteemed colleague Dr Michel Bertrand announced his wish to retire (see The new deal of Acarologia) and the need of a new Editorial team to ensure the future of Acarologia. He offered me the position of the next Editor-in-Chief of this prestigious journal, which I was proud to accept. I am also very pleased that several knowledgeable colleagues have agreed to invest their time and energy in this fascinating adventure with me, colleagues that will bring with them enthusiasm and new ideas to the editorial process!

    Acarologia is fifty years-old and is therefore the oldest Scientific Journal currently publishing and devoted exclusively to the Acari. The new editorial team has been constituted under my presidency to manage this important anniversary and to take this journal into the new decade. The managing team will be supported by a scientific editorial board composed of very eminent Acarologists from across the World. Along with changes in the editorial board, the journal will also change its format! You can find information on these changes at this new journal website built by Alain Migeon. The first big challenge of the new Acarologia editorial team will therefore be to publish its 50th anniversary volume in 2010 taking into account this new format.

    In the name of the current managing team, I would like to thank the Acarology Community for its trust, enthusiasm and support for Acarologia over the last 50 years. We are confident that the survival of this non-profit journal in the future will be based on both the quality of its scientific content and the diversity of authors and scientific themes that it contains. I would like also to provide our gratitude in advance to all authors who support the future of Acarologia by continuing to submit your scientific contributions.

    Pr. Serge KREITER, Editor-in-Chief of Acarologia, on the behalf of the Managing Editorial Committee


    2010-03-02

    Lise Roy PhD: Evolutionary ecology of a hematophagous mite genus: Phylogeny-based approach for interspecific delineations and comparative characterization of populations in five species of the genus Dermanyssus (Acari: Mesostigmata)

    Micropredator species of Dermanyssus (Moss'gallinae-group), which parasitize birds, represent an interesting model for the study of loose associations. Thus, these unwinged arthropods do not stay on host (blood meal as quick as mosquitoe's), are part of the nest's microecosystem and their hosts are winged. Moreover, micropredator Dermanyssus include at least one species of economic importance in fowl farms, D. gallinae (the Poultry Red Mite), which enables the comparison between species restricted to wild avifauna and synanthropic species. At the beginning of the study, micropredator species are not clearly delimited. Most of species specific morphological characters are variable within species, in some cases within population, and are overlapping between species. In the aim to investigate the ecological needs for proliferation in D. gallinae and its ways for dispersal, a DNA-based comparative analysis involving this species and its close relatives has been performed. The first section consists of the clearing of the taxonomy and species delineations. In the second section, ecological and intrinsic data (host specificity, flexibility) are compared between species of the gallinae-group. One species has been described (D. apodis), one lineage within D. gallinae seems to represent a cryptic species and D. longipes currently groups two different entities. Important ecological differences between D. gallinae and other species seem to result not only from human activities, but also from intrinsic characteristics. Currently, the role of trade flows in D. gallinae’s spread in layer farms appears to be essential, at least in France, as opposed to the role of wild birds (nearly nul).

    More information here


    2010-01-25

    Maxime Ferrerro PhD: The tritrophic system Tomato - Spider mites- Phytoseiulus longipes. Studies of the predator feeding behaviours variability and consequences for biological control

    The tomato spider mites pests Tetranychus evansi and T. urticae are difficult to control in tomato greenhouses. Their abilities to quickly develop resistances to acaricides, along with the exudation of toxic compounds from hairy solanaceous plants such as tomato and the drought occurring in tomato greenhouses, are important factors that hinder the control of tetranychids in tomato. A predaceous mite of the family Phytoseiidae, Phytoseiulus longipes, is a potential candidate for controlling spider mites outbreaks in these crops. Among the four known populations of this predator, two (from Argentina and Brazil) are able to develop and reproduce well fed on T. evansi on tomato, while the two others (from Chile and Sout Africa) cannot. After having shown that all those populations actually belong to the same species, studies about the life history and attractiveness of several of those populations depending on prey species/ plant supports allowed to characterize the relationships in the tritrophic system tomato - spider mites - P. longipes and to confirm that there are two distincts feeding behaviours in this predatory mite species. This phenomenon is probably due to a host-plant mediated specialisation for the prey, itself coming from a coevolution between the predator and the complex tomato - T. urticae and/ or tomato - T. evansi. Study about the egg hatching response to humidity of P. longipes showed that this predator is among the four most drought tolerant species studied to date. Furthermore, an analysis of the indirect ecological effects of a possible introduction of P. longipes, along with the confirmation from semi-field trials that this predator is able to control spider mite pests in tomato greenhouses, lead to the conclusion that P. longipes is an excellent candidate for the biological control of T. evansi and T. urticae in tomato protected crops in Europe.


    2010-01-18

    50th anniversary volume

    Dear acarologists,

    As you well know, the Acari represent one of the most diverse animal groups with respect to species diversity, as well as to the variety of their life styles and ecological relationships. Thus, mites are excellent objects of investigation for all fields of evolutionary and ecological research. The fascination and scientific potential of mites can only continue to attract more and more scientists from around the world and from all scientific disciplines. The expected consequence will be an increase in knowledge and, in turn, an enhancement of excellent scientific studies requiring publication!

    A few months ago, our esteemed colleague Dr Michel Bertrand announced his wish to retire and the need of a new Editorial team to ensure the future of Acarologia. He offered me the position of the next Editor-in-Chief of this prestigious journal, which I was proud to accept. I am also very pleased that several knowledgeable colleagues have agreed to invest their time and energy in this fascinating adventure with me, colleagues that will bring with them enthusiasm and new ideas to the editorial process!

    Acarologia is fifty years-old and is therefore the oldest Scientific Journal currently publishing and devoted exclusively to the Acari. The new editorial team has been constituted under my presidency to manage this important anniversary and to take this journal into the new decade. The managing team will be supported by a scientific editorial board composed of very eminent Acarologists from across the World. Along with changes in the editorial board, the journal will also change its format! You can find information on these changes at this new journal website built by Alain Migeon. The first big challenge of the new Acarologia editorial team will therefore be to publish its 50th anniversary volume in 2010 taking into account this new format.

    In the name of the current managing team, I would like to thank the Acarology Community for its trust, enthusiasm and support for Acarologia over thelast 50 years. We are confident that the survival of this non-profit journal in the future will be based on both the quality of its scientific content and the diversity of authors and scientific themes that it contains. I would like also to provide our gratitude in advance to all authors who support the future of Acarologia by continuing to submit your scientific contributions.

    Pr. Serge KREITER, Editor-in-Chief of Acarologia, on the behalf of the Managing Editorial Committee


    2009-09-14

    ICA Recife 2010

    We are pleased to announce the XIII International Congress of Acarology to be held from August 23 to 27, 2010, at Recife Palace Hotel, in the city of Recife, Brazil.

    Recife Palace Hotel is located along the famous 7 km long "Boa Viagem" Beach. The hotel has been the venue of numerous national and international meetings similar to the International Congresses of Acarology.

    Recife, the capital of the State of Pernambuco, is located in northeastern Brazil, exactly where the Beberibe and Capibaribe Rivers meet and flow into the Atlantic Ocean. It is partially composed of several islands and it is known as the Brazilian Venice. Recife offers excellent touristic infrastructure, including good hotels, restaurants and places to visit and enjoy. The nearby Guararapes International Airport connects Recife to several cities in Brazil and abroad.

    We hope seeing you in Recife in August 2010!

    Gilberto José de Moraes
    Presidente XIII ICA

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    2009-08-05

    International Symposium-cum-Workshop in Acarology, BCKV, Kalyani, India.

    Dear Friend Acarologists/Entomologists/Zoologists

    Ravages of mites and ticks are well known in the world. With a view to boosting acarology research programmes in general and acarine taxonomy in particular, an International Symposium-Cum-Workshop is going to be organized at Kalyani, West Bengal India by BCKV (The State Agricultural University, considered to be one of the leading Agricultural Universities in India and conducting Acarological Research for over two decades) in collaboration with the International Journal of Acarology, UK, and Acarology Development Foundation, USA, during April 8-10, 2010. It may be mentioned that a symposium like this in Acarology will be held for the first time in the Indian sub-continent and needless to mention that this programme will benefit immensely, not only to the Indian acarologists, but also to those who will be attending from other countries. It will provide all a unique opportunity for interacting with internationally renowned Acarologists who will be participating as resource persons.

    The venue of this symposium is Kalyani which is located 50 Km north of Kolkata (Calcutta), the capital of West Bengal, India, is well connected by air, rail and road with major cities in India. Kalyani is one of the cleanest cities in West Bengal and is seat of many academic and research Institutions like BCKV, The University of Kalyani, Government and Private Engineering Colleges, Management Institute, Research centre of West Bengal State Medicinal Plant Board and many others. The weather at the time of symposium will be warm but pleasant.

    The main objective of this symposium cum workshop is development of acarology in the region with special emphasis on taxonomic identification of mites and ticks by practical demonstrations. The participants will have the opportunity to attend a series of invited lectures by the internationally reputed acarologists. The circular containing the details of the programme is enclosed.

    The organizing committee cordially invites you to participate in this symposium cum workshop and is requesting you to submit your paper on any aspect of mites and ticks. The selected papers will be called for oral presentation and, if approved by the reviewers, will be considered for publication in International Journal of Acarology free of any charge. Anyone having a poster presentation is welcomed. I am sure that your participation will enrich you and help in developing acarological research in your region. I shall eagerly look forward receiving back your Registration details as per given format in the brochure along with extended summary of your paper limited to two pages.

    Anticipating your full help, support and active cooperation in making this programme most successful.

    Dr. V. Prasad
    Patron, Chief Adviser and Symposium Coordinator

    Dr. K. Karmakar
    Organizing Secretary

    Dr. S. K. Gupta
    President, Organizing committee

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    2009-07-27

    The new deal of Acarologia

    Dear Acarologists,

    Ten years ago, Prof. Yves Coineau asked to me to manage the journal Acarologia. The deal (and urgency) was to save this journal after retirement of the direction team. Now we have to prepare the future. The journal will publish the 50th volume in 2010 and I am pleased to announce that a new direction team has been constituted under the presidency of Professor Serge Kreiter to manage this important anniversary. Serge will be helped by the enlarged organizing committee of the former European Congress in Montpellier, and will be supported by a renewed (and enlarged) scientific committee eminent acarologists gave their agreement. This new team is now in charge to continue the journal, the deal being to progress towards the 100th volume, with the help of new technologies!

    Dear Acarologists, you will be informed by the new team of the future changes. In the name of the management, I thank everybody for the enthusiastic trusting in Acarologia.

    We are confident in the future, the survival of this non profit journal being based on both diversity of authors, and of course on faithful subscribers.

    Sincerely yours

    Michel BERTRAND


    2008-07-25

    6th Symposium of European Association of Acarologists Montpellier 21-25 July 2008

    The Congress is now closed. We hope you enjoyed your stay in Montpellier. It was a real pleasure for us to receive you here in Montpellier

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    Photos: Varroa destructor (Varroidae) on a honey bee. Low temperature -Scanning electron microscopy photograph. Material collected and fixed for LT-SEM: J. Pettis, USDA-ARS-Bee Lab. and R. Ochoa, USDA-ARS-SEL; LT-SEM photo: E. Erbe and C. Pooley, USDA-ARS-CEMU © USDA; Petrobia harti (Tetranychidae) © INRA - Alain Migeon; Dermanyssus gallinae (Dermanysssidae) © Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon – Lise Roy; Adult Ixodes sp. (Ixodidae) engorging on an Atlantic puffin Fratercula arctica © Andy Darrington; Panonychus ulmi (Tetranychidae): hatching of a winter egg © Université de Lausanne – Centre de microscopie électronique – Cazelles

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