A qualitative and quantitative study of mites in similar alfalfa fields in Greece

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dc.contributor.advisor Badieritakis, Evaggelos G. en
dc.contributor.advisor Μπαδιεριτάκης, Ευάγγελος Γ. el
dc.contributor.author Fantinou, Argyro A. en
dc.contributor.author Emmanouel, Nikolaos G. en
dc.contributor.author Φαντινού, Αργυρώ Α. el
dc.contributor.author Εμμανουήλ, Νικόλαος Γ. el
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-06T06:52:56Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-06T06:52:56Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en
dc.identifier.issn 01688162 en
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10493-013-9729-z en
dc.title A qualitative and quantitative study of mites in similar alfalfa fields in Greece en
heal.type journalArticle en
heal.keyword Abundance en
heal.keyword Mite fauna en
heal.keyword Population density en
heal.keyword New species en
heal.keyword Qualitative analysis en
heal.keyword Spatial distribution en
heal.keyword Boeotia en
heal.keyword Greece en
heal.keyword Foliage en
heal.identifier.primary 10.1007/s10493-013-9729-z en
heal.recordProvider Γεωπονικό Πανεπιστήμιο Αθηνών/Τμήμα Φυτικής Παραγωγής el
heal.publicationDate 2014 en
heal.bibliographicCitation Badieritakis, Evaggelos G. A qualitative and quantitative study of mites in similar alfalfa fields in Greece. Experimental and Applied Acarology, vol. 62 (2), pp. 195-214, Sringer 2014 en
heal.abstract The present study investigated the mite fauna and the relative abundance of mites present in foliage and litter of two adjacent and similar alfalfa fields, differing only in the number of cuttings, in Kopais Valley (Central Greece) through 2008-2010. We also examined the relationship between assemblage patterns of Mesostigmata, Oribatida and Prostigmata by comparing their population fluctuation, population density, species richness and diversity. Spatial distribution of common dominant and influent mite species was also estimated. Our results showed that both fields supported a very rich and similar mite fauna with eight new species records for alfalfa of Greece, although these species have been previously reported from other habitats in Greece. The pattern of population fluctuation in foliage was similar in both fields, unlike the fluctuation in litter. Population density significantly differed between fields, being higher in the less harvested field, except Prostigmata. Species richness in litter was higher in the less harvested field, whereas it was higher in the foliage of the more harvested field, apart from that of prostigmatic mites in litter, which was higher in the more harvested field, and that of oribatid mites in foliage, which was higher in the less harvested field. The diversity of mites was higher in the more harvested field, with the exception of prostigmatic mites. The spatial distribution of mites in foliage and litter was aggregated in both fields. Our results indicate that despite the considerable similarity of the study fields, the different harvesting frequency might have disturbed differently the mite communities hosted in foliage and litter. en
heal.publisher Springer en
heal.journalName Experimental and Applied Acarology en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s10493-013-9729-z en

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