Volume 12 Part 2 Article 88: The Biology and Control of a Tyroglyphid Mite, Caloglyphus berlesei (Michael) On Cultivated Agaricus bisporus in South Africa

Volume 12 Part 2 Article 88
Year 1989
Title: The Biology and Control of a Tyroglyphid Mite, Caloglyphus berlesei (Michael) On Cultivated Agaricus bisporus in South Africa
Authors: C.L. Van Der Hoven and A. Eicker

Abstract:

Caloglyphus berlesei has been collected from numerous locations in South Africa as a mushroom pest of minor importance. In the summer of 1986 a severe C. berlesei infestation occurred in Natal which caused serious reduction in yields.

The high level of infestation provided an opportunity to study the biology of C. berlesei, to determine the symptoms and source of infestation, and develop a strategy for effective control.

To date no acancide has been registered and approved for the control of mycetophagus mites in mushroom production in South Africa. The extent of yield reduction however, justified experimentation with a chemical that might effectively control C. berlesei.

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