Storage mites are a significant pest for the food and feed industries. They are capable of infesting a wide variety of commodities, especially those based on cereals and oilseeds, but also dried fruits, nuts, seeds, cheese and fungi. Mites can be found throughout the food chain. Heavy infestations in raw materials can reduce germination, decrease the value for seed and malting, cause taint and be unpalatable to livestock, which can lead to reduced growth rates. In finished goods, infestations can lead to financial loss through deterioration of food quality, downgrading of product and customer complaints. Mites are also highly allergenic and there is growing evidence that links mites and their by-products to the increase in human and companion-animal allergic responses (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in horses, atopic dermatitis in dogs, dust/house mite allergies, rhinitis, eczema, dermatitis and in very extreme cases anaphylaxis). Our world-leading research provides practical solutions to the key pest challenges facing the agriculture, horticulture and forestry industries. Our expertise can assist you from early stage pre-commercialisation research, through the preparation of registration dossiers, to product stewardship. Our unique selling point stems from our interdisciplinary approaches and access to specialist facilities that ensure that our customers achieve the required solutions.
Major customers include Defra, Levy bodies, other government departments and the European Commission. We also undertake bespoke studies and services for commercial customers.
Examples of our services:
Ever advancing analytical methods provide very powerful tools for providing strategic research and development into the management of invertebrate pests of agricultural, horticultural, pollinator and tree health importance. To speak with us about any of the services mentioned, please contact our recognised expert Dr Maureen Wakefield on +44 (0)1904 462579 or e-mail us at
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Maureen Wakefield has over 15 years experience in applied entomology and is a leading expert in her field.
Telephone: +44 (0)1904 462579
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