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February / March 2023

Spider Mites

SA Fruit Journal: February / March 2023

Not all mites are equal. By Davina Saccaggi, Elleunorah Allsopp and Edward Ueckermann (CRI, ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, North-West University)

Mite pests are a huge problem on many crops around the world. However, this hasn’t led to them being well-managed pests. We believe this may be largely due to many cases of mistaken identity. Not all mites are spider mites, nor do all spider mites belong to one species. "Spider mite" is actually the generic name for an entire family of mites, called Tetranychidae, with over 1 200 species. There are 221 known spider mite species
in SA.

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