4.1.2. Artificial rearing of HBTM

Bruce et al. (1991) experimented with in vitro rearing of A. woodi. They encased modified insect tissue culture medium, Medium MD1 (Whitcomb, 1983) developed for rearing Pyemotes tritici mites (Bruce, 1989) in tiny parafilm® tubes with a thickness of approximately 10 µm, made by stretching the film several times. Live mites were placed on these tubes of medium within a closed Petri dish. Although only a small number of mites were studied, all of them successfully pierced the artificial membrane and fed on the medium. There has been no further research on artificial rearing methods for HBTM.