Term of Award

1979

Degree Name

Master of Science in Biology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

James H. Oliver, Jr.

Committee Member 1

John E. George

Committee Member 2

Bill Lovejoy

Abstract

This study demonstrates the presence of aggregation pheromones in Deimanyssus gallinae (DeGeer) (Acari: Dermanyssidae), the common chicken mite, and gives evidence of possible sex attractants also being produced. Included are studies of thigmotactic clumping stimuli which exist in addition to the chemical communication system. The effects of known acarine and insect pheromones such as 2,6-dichlorophenol (Berger 1972), farnesol (Regev and Cone 1975), nerolidol, and geraniol (Regev and Cone 1976) were also tested for attractiveness to D. gallinae, and no significant attractions to the various pheromones were demonstrated.

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