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Mites, Ticks and their Impacts on Humans

Muhammad Sarwar

National Institute for Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering


Basic biology Diversity of lifestyles Scabies Mange Ecosystem Soil mite Dust mites allergy Asthma Vectors Dispersal or spreading modes Pest management Detection and survey

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Arachnids mites and ticks are joint-legged arthropods (phylum Arthropoda) from class Arachnida having eight legs in adults whereas larvae with three pairs of legs. Many mites are parasites that can be ectoparasites feeding on the outer skin, or endoparasites feeding on the underlying tissues. While some parasitic mites transmit disease causing organisms, many cause diseases themselves including scabies and mange (contagious skin diseases characterized by inflammation, irritation and intense itching). Some mites, such as the chigger are parasitic as larvae, but free living in the nymph and adult stages. Many more mites are free living, which are not parasitic, for instance, house dust mites cause allergies in many people. Ticks are mostly bloodsucking parasites that attach themselves to the outer body of mammals including humans. In addition to injecting poison into the host while sucking blood, ticks can transmit other disease causing pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and protozoa.
Book, “Mites, Ticks and Humans", is written by keeping in vision non-availability of any standard text dealing in different aspects of acarology at one place. Separate chapters in this book are devoted to medical importance of mites and ticks; ectoparasites, endoparasites and disease transmitting mites; classification, biology and epidemiology of dust mites; manifestations, diagnostics and preventions of dust mites allergy; ticks transmission of disease causing pathogens; and measures to mitigate mites and ticks. Book will stimulate interest in the readers for more information about different mites and ticks affecting publics. The knowledge contained in the book may prove as best material for graduate and post-graduate level courses, teachers and researchers in entomology, pestss control advisors, professional entomologists, pesticide industry managers, policy planners, and other experts having interest in mites and ticks.

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Muhammad Sarwar

National Institute for Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering

Dr. Muhammad Sarwar, Principal Scientist, completed his B. Sc. (Hons.), M. Sc. (Hons.) and Ph. D. in Entomology, during the years 1987, 1989 and 1998, respectively. He has years of Service experience in Research orientated Department of Agriculture (16-05-1991 to 31-05-2001, Government of Punjab) and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (01-06-2001 to date). Dr. Sarwar has 253 research work publications in National and Foreign Journals with suitable Impact Factor and Citations in his credit. He has been award by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan “Post-Doctoral Scholarship Phase II, 2006” on the basis of merit for research work at Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China. Shield award, Letters of Appreciation and Certificates of performance have been granted to him from faculty members of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China. He completed his Post Doctorate in 2008 from Institute of Plant Protection in Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China. The Zoological Society of Pakistan in recognition of his research contributions presented him Prof. Dr. Mirza Azhar Beg Gold Medal-2010 during the 30th session of Pakistan Congress of Zoology hosted by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad on March 2, 2010. Dr. Sarwar carried our Research on Integrated Pests Management of Rice, Cotton, Chickpea, Brassica crops, Fruit flies, and Stored grains. Undertaken research work on Predatory Mites, Ladybird Beetle, Chrysoperla, Trichogramma and parasitoids of Fruit flies culturing as Bio-control agents, Integrated Management of Fruit Fly and Mosquito, and other arthropod pests control methodology. He also conducted work on Vertebrate pests control especially controls of rodents in field crops and storage. He explored, hitherto the unexplored 36 new species of stored grain and stored products mites belonging to 8 genera viz., Forcellinia, Lackerbaueria, Acotyledon, Caloglyphus and Troupeauia of family Acaridae; and Capronomoia, Histiostoma, and Glyphanoetus in family Histiostomatidae. Identification keys, taxonomical observations, differentiation remarks, comparison of characters, similarity matrices, Phenograms and Geographical maps of new species along with 48 alien species have been prepared as well. He conducted research work on Integrated Management of Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV), Pest scouting, Pest monitoring and forecasting, planning, designing and layout of different research trials and data recording for integrated pest management on different crops, vegetables, and orchards. He conducted training of the farmers and Field Staff and provided advisory services to the farmers regarding plant protection practices. Training of the pesticide’s dealers for proper handling, distribution and storing of pesticides, their legal aspects, and sampling of pesticides for their quality control have been done by him. Under the Coordinated Research Program, he collaborated with other Institutes to trace resistance sources for cotton, rice, gram, rapeseed, mustard plants, and stored cereals and pulses. Imparted training by him to field staff and the progressive farmers regarding plant protection practices in some Districts of Sindh and Punjab. Dr. Sarwar supervised Post-graduate research work and is acting as an external Examiner for Post-graduate studies. Various workshops have been organized by him, is Reviewer for Scientific Journals and joined different working Committees. A new avenue on the rearing of Predatory Mites as bio-control agents of insects & mites pests in greenhouse and field crops has been opened by him. Dr. Sarwar has been granted with Research Productivity award in 2011, by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology. He is included in the list of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan approved Supervisor. He acquired different National and International training in Beijing, Bangkok, Vienna, and Havana. Dr. Sarwar completed “Basic Management course” organized by Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad, held from 31 January to 18 February 2011.

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