Sequencing the poultry red mite genome

Hopes have risen that the fight against poultry red mite can be won following the successful sequencing of the parasite’s genome.

The red mite, D. gallinae is an ectoparasite of poultry that primarily feeds on the blood of poultry and can spread a large number of diseases between its avian hosts. These diseases cause substantial animal morbidity and mortality as well as huge economic losses for poultry farmers.

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