Experimental and Applied Acarology

, Volume 76, Issue 4, pp 473–486 | Cite as

Demographic characteristics and population projection of Phytonemus pallidus fragariae reared on different strawberry cultivars

  • Neda Rostami
  • Mostafa MaroufpoorEmail author
  • Amin Sadeghi
  • Mostafa Mansour Ghazi
  • Remzi AtlıhanEmail author


The strawberry mite, Phytonemus pallidus fragariae (Banks) (Acari: Tarsonemidae), is one of the most important pests of greenhouse grown strawberry plants. Field grown strawberries may also be infested by the pest in high humid conditions. Life tables give the most comprehensive description of the development, survival, stage differentiation, reproduction and consequently population growth of a population, and thus it is an important base of population ecology and pest management. In this study, to provide a comprehensive evaluation of an ecology-based and cost-effective control program, life history and demographic parameters of the strawberry mite were studied. The experiment was conducted under laboratory conditions providing 20 ± 1 °C, 80 ± 10% RH and L16:D8 photoperiod. The data were analyzed based on the age-stage, two-sex life table theory. The population parameters net reproduction rate (R0 = 6.14 offspring), intrinsic rate of increase (r = 0.1317 day−1), and finite rate of increase (λ = 1.1407 day−1) on cv. Aromas were lower than those on the other cultivars tested. Based on the population characteristics, Aromas is a less favorable cultivar for the population growth of strawberry mite.


Strawberry mite Host plant resistance Age-stage two-sex life table 



We are grateful to the reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions, all of which greatly helped improve this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant Protection, Agriculture FacultyUniversity of KurdistanSanandajIran
  2. 2.Agriculture and Natural Resources Research Center of KurdistanSanandajIran
  3. 3.Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of AgricultureUniversity of Yuzuncu YilVANTurkey

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