Acari: Biodiversity, Biogeography and Taxonomy Studies

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2025 | Viewed by 230

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Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, 915 W State St. G-225, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Interests: genomics; molecular rvolution; co-evolution; mite systematics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Acari (mites and ticks) are an incredibly diverse group, with an estimated 930,000 to 150,000,000 extant species, although only a fraction of them are known. Acari are important in various respects, contributing to the global terrestrial decomposer food chain by breaking down plant litter and wood materials (Oribatida); being parasites of vertebrates (Ixodida) and agricultural pests (Eriophyoidea, Tetranychoidea), transmitting dangerous pathogens to humans, animals and plants; and playing a crucial role in biological pest control as voracious predators (Phytoseiidae) that replace chemical pesticides. House dust mites cause allergies in approximately 30% of humans. Acari are also interesting from an evolutionary perspective as ancient asexuals, persisting for millions of years without sexual reproduction, and because they form intimate associations with an array of bird, mammal, and arthropod hosts. This Special Issue is aimed at providing selected contributions on advances in phylogenetics, diversity, evolution, systematics, and ecology of mites and ticks.

Dr. Pavel B. Klimov
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • phylogenetics
  • systematics
  • evolution and co-evolution
  • biodiversity
  • ecology
  • host associations
  • role of mites in agriculture and medicine

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