An important biological discovery

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It was by chance that Taro Saito, a research technician at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, found the mite that Vineland is currently studying as a potential breakthrough in biological control. Vineland’s research indicates that the mite could be a major asset for greenhouse growers in Canada and the U.S. The mite has a broader prey range than anything else currently in use. 

While walking in a park in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, Saito saw a mite feeding on another insect and decided to collect it for research. Back at the research center, he showed it to Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland’s Director of Horticultural Production Systems. After some investigation, the two discovered that the mite — a member of the Anystis family — could be a good predator to combat pests in the greenhouse...

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