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Mite Infestation

A.J. DAVIS pab6awd at leeds.ac.uk
Fri Oct 7 11:37:01 EST 1994

In article <199410042340.QAA25986 at net.bio.net> kaufman at SUNFLOWER.BIO.INDIANA.EDU (T. Kaufman) writes:

>Andrew Davis posted this note on the board:

>> Most stock centers are infected and in any cases it's always best to assume
>>that they are.

>        I must take strong exception to this blanket statement.

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Sorry that you take strong exception - but i've found experience to be a 
hard teacher.  
However, I do think you should take careful note of what i said - it *isn't* a 
blanket statement - i said *most* centers.  The two you mention may well be 
clean (i can't say since we've never used them) but you cannot speak for all 
the other centers or sources of stocks and therefore my statement remains 
justifiable.  The best strategy to keep clear of mites is to assume that all 
incoming stocks are infected.

You and Mark Garfinkel understand this strategy since you both endorse my 
recommendation, one that is worth repeating, that rigorous quarentine of *all* 
stocks *wherever* they come from, is the safest strategy.   In fact you both 
recommend doing exactly what you criticise me for - i.e. assume all sources of 
stocks are infected.

I've lost very many staff-years because of long term experiments becoming 
contaminated with mites from supposedly 'clean' sources so i'm very insistent 
on this strategy.

successful mite eradication everyone,   Andrew

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