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Predicting the population dynamics of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Acari : Pyroglyphidae) in response to a constant hygrothermal environment using a model of the mite life cycle

Biddulph, P; Crowther, D; Leung, B; Wilkinson, T; Hart, B; Oreszczyn, T; Pretlove, S; ... Ucci, M; + view all (2007) Predicting the population dynamics of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Acari : Pyroglyphidae) in response to a constant hygrothermal environment using a model of the mite life cycle. EXP APPL ACAROL , 41 (1-2) 61 - 86. 10.1007/s10493-007-9056-3. Green open access

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Abstract

A generalised model of the life cycle of a house dust mite, which can be tailored to any particular species of domestic mite, is presented. The model takes into account the effects of hygrothermal conditions on each life cycle phase. It is used in a computer simulation program, called POPMITE, which, by incorporating a population age structure, is able to predict population dynamics. The POPMITE simulation is adapted to the Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Acari: Pyroglyphidae) (DP) mite using published data on the egg development period, total development period, adult longevity, mortality during egg development, mortality during juvenile development, and fecundity of individual DP mites held at a range of constant hygrothermal conditions. An example is given which illustrates how the model functions under constant hygrothermal conditions. A preliminary validation of POPMITE is made by a comparison of the POPMITE predictions with published measurements of population growth of DP mites held at a range constant hygrothermal conditions for 21 days. The POPMITE simulation is used to provide predictions of population growth or decline for a wide range of constant relative humidity and temperature combinations for 30 and 60 days. The adaptation of the model to correctly take account of fluctuating hygrothermal conditions is discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Predicting the population dynamics of the house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Acari : Pyroglyphidae) in response to a constant hygrothermal environment using a model of the mite life cycle
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10493-007-9056-3
Keywords: house dust mites, population model, relative humidity, temperature, life cycle, population structure, WATER-BALANCE, HUMIDITY REQUIREMENTS, WILD POPULATIONS, FARINAE, TEMPERATURE, MORTALITY, EGGS, AIR
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3258
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