- Everyone has mites.
- Humans host (at least) two mite species that aren’t closely related to each other.
- Mites can tell us about the historical divergence of human populations.
"If reading this
made your face a little itchy, rest easy. In an evolutionary perspective, humans and Demodex are old, old friends. You are in good company. And so are your mites." [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen
on Aug 28, 2014 -
Pollination Pets for the Garden.
The UK bee population has almost halved in the last 10 years due mainly to the spread
of a mite called Varroa
from Asia. The loss of such a large proportion of the bee population has implications for agriculture, horticulture and nature, bees pollinate the majority of plants with no intervention from man, there isn't a more reliable fertilisation method.
However an Oxford company has come up with a simple kit
to attract Mason bees to nest in your garden requiring no effort and no protective clothing, they're pretty docile too, so it's unlikely you'll get stung.
BTW, the US
is affected too.
posted by Markb
on May 11, 2001 -