Approximately 54,000 species of Acari (mites and ticks) have been named worldwide, with hundreds more described every year. They are highly successful and exist in almost every terrestrial and aquatic habitat.
Mites can have both positive and negative effects economically. Some parasitic species can cause serious losses in food production, while predatory mites have been successfully used to target pests in biological control programmes.
Our research is concentrated on:
An identification guide is being prepared for mites associated with crop plants.
Explore this illustrated website currently being developed to help users identify members of the British Acari and locate information about them.
A checklist for British mites of the order Mesostigmata is currently under development. Find out more here.
This project is looking at the co-evolution of the lice and mites found on Galapagos mockingbirds.
This project is assessing whether mites found in archaeological samples are good indicators of past human activity