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Research Project: Systematics of Acari and Hemiptera: Plant Pests, Predators, and Disease Vectors

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Italian Acarine species intercepted in the United States

item DE GIOSA, MARCELLA - University Of Bari
item BASSINI-SILVA, R. - University Of Brazil
item DE LILLO, E. - Bari Aldo Moro University
item MCDONALD, ERIC - Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
item Ochoa, Ronald - Ron

Submitted to: International Journal of Acarology
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/28/2021
Publication Date: 11/9/2021
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Citation: De Giosa, M., Bassini-Silva, R., De Lillo, E., Mcdonald, E., Ochoa, R. 2021. Italian Acarine species intercepted in the United States. International Journal of Acarology. 48(1-3):1-6.

Interpretive Summary: Mites species have become one of the fastest and unwanted pest travelers of the 21st century, because their small size and tolerance to many of the management procedures used in many exported commodities. This article reports new records and new host plant associations of economic mite species intercepted from Italy. This information contributes to the knowledge of domestic and international invasive mites and ticks worldwide and the improvement of plant protection practices.

Technical Abstract: In the last century, biological invasions have increased greatly due to the intensification in international trade and world climate change, thus representing one of the most relevant issues for agricultural productivity and biodiversity. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States, from 2019 to 2021, intercepted different species from Italy belonging to the orders Ixodida, Sarcoptiformes and Trombidiformes. The study reported four new records and several new host plant associations. In this framework, the inspection system not only plays a relevant role in the plant protection, human and animal health, but also contributes to the knowledge of the Acari fauna from exporting countries.