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Molecular techniques for characterising mite and tick communities: applied aspects

Mise à jour : 07/10/2019

Période ?
  • Dates à définir
Pour qui ?
  • salarié ou demandeur d'emploi
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers
  • Masters and PhD students...
Où ?
  • Montpellier SupAgro (Campus la Gaillarde)


The Acari, including both mites and ticks, are a diverse group of organisms with a worldwide distribution, frequently occupying extreme habitats and performing essential ecological functions. However, due to their size, they are difficult to identify and study. They have their own particularities that require specific techniques and approaches.

Training and education in Acarology is becoming more and more rare. There are few existing specific educational programmes in Europe, even though the need for expertise on mites and ticks has increased. Indeed, these species are being increasingly studied with respect to their roles as biological control agents, ecosystem engineers, parasites of species of conservation concern and disease vectors.


  • Agronomie, agro-écologie
  • Amélioration des plantes
  • Connaissance et gestion de la biodiversité
  • Protection des plantes
  • Contenu et programme

    Langues d'enseignement : en anglais

    Training in English.

    The objective of this 5 day course is to focus on practical and analytical molecular approaches for studying mites and ticks, from taxonomic to population genetic levels. It specifically aims to show how molecular approaches can be used to characterise these communities and how this knowledge can then be used for applied aspects, such as the implementation of biological control measures.

    • Acquire broad-knowledge about molecular techniques and their use in applied science (i.e. biological control)
    • Understand the principles of Barcoding for species identification: advantages and pitfalls
    • Understand population genetic tools and analyses for studying mite and tick communities and invasion pathways
    • An introduction to NGS technologies for assessing trophic interactions
    • Interpretation and analysis of molecular results with case studies
  • Conditions d'admission

    The number of participants is limited

    Deadline for registration: 30/05/2019

    The registration form should be signed and returned to:

Responsables pédagogiques


Teaching team

  • Marie-Stéphane TIXIER, Montpellier SupAgro
  • Lise ROY, University of Montpellier
  • Karen McCOY, CNRS
  • Alison DUNCAN, CNRS
  • Serge KREITER, Montpellier SupAgro
  • Jean-François MARTIN, Montpellier SupAgro
  • Alain MIGEON, INRA
  • Martial DOUIN, Montpellier SupAgro
  • Philippe AUGER, INRA


Montpellier SupAgro
Campus de La Gaillarde
2 place Pierre Viala


A noter

  • Interactive lessons
  • E-learning facilities
  • Practical work including DNA extraction, amplification and sequencing



  • €800 including taxes/participant
  • Special price for students: €600 including taxes/participant

Lunches included in the registration fees.

Lunches included in the registration fee Accommodation at Montpellier SupAgro student residence: €200/week


Montpellier SupAgro
2 place Pierre Viala
34060 Montpellier. France
Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00 Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00
Fax : +33 (0)4 99 61 29 00

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