Synchronised adult females are supplied for use in OECD guidelines for testing of chemicals:
No 226; Predatory mite (Hypoaspis (Geolaelaps) aculeifer) reproduction test in soil.
Females are transferred to rearing pots and eggs are deposited for 3 days. Females are removed and the remaining eggs start to hatch after 7 days. Juveniles are maintained on a diet of Tyrophagus putrescentiae and they are ready for testing as mature females 28 to 35 days after the first eggs were laid.
Mature females are supplied on a charcoal/plaster of Paris medium. They can be shipped for delivery just prior to testing and are valid for testing for 7 days. You supply your preferred testing date and we arrange our delivery to fit your schedule. We can supply either cheese mites Tyrophagus putrescentiae or juvenile Folsomia candida for feeding. Synchronised females are usually available at any time.
It is recommended that lids are lifted upon receipt to aerate the pots and this should be done every other day. Food should be provided in excess.
Maintenance conditions: 20 deg C, 70% relative humidity, 16L:8D photoperiod, 400lux.