Robert Finn
Northumbria University

Working group 1: Developing alternative control measures

This working group will improve poultry red mite control practices for the benefit of producers as well as hen health and welfare

Specific objectives:

  • i. Collate available information on poultry red mite biology, ecology, physiology and mite-host
    relationship identifying knowledge gaps to optimise poultry red mite Integrated Pest Management strategies.
  • ii. Evaluate the potential of novel biological and non-biological strategies and house design that
    can be directly or indirectly used against poultry red mites.
  • iii. Identify avenues for work into protective antigens and immune-responses to poultry red mites in hens.
  • iv. Identify economic thresholds and optimal Integrated Pest Management strategies for immediate and future use to offer farmers better informed poultry red mite management.

Cross-link questions:

  • What are the impacts of poultry red mites on the poultry industry and beyond? (cross-links between working groups 1 and 2)
  • How to compare poultry red mite control methods and monitoring strategies, and harmonize mite collection, identification and prevention across countries? (cross-links between working groups 1, 3 and 4)
  • Are indicators available that can be used or developed for prediction of poultry red mite infestations?
    (cross-links between working groups 1 and 4)
  • How can the targeted stakeholders use the findings? (cross links between working groups 1, 3, 4 and working group 2)

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