Navigation Links
Mites on hissing coackroach may benefit humans with allergies
Date:4/29/2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio Tiny mites living on the surface of Madagascar hissing cockroaches help decrease the presence of a variety of molds on the cockroaches' bodies, potentially reducing allergic responses among humans who handle the popular insects, according to new research.

Scientists cultured and identified fungi on the cockroaches' body surfaces with and without mites and discovered that the presence of these mites reduced the molds by at least 50 percent.

Many of these same researchers reported a year ago that 14 different types of mold were present on and around this species of cockroach, including several fungi associated with allergies and others that can cause secondary infections if they enter the lungs or an open wound.

The mites eat saliva and organic debris that collects between the cockroaches' legs, eliminating material that would foster mold growth on the insects' bodies. The mites don't appear to actually eat any mold.

"We haven't proved yet that this helps the cockroaches, but reducing the fungi present on their surface is beneficial overall," said Joshua Benoit, a doctoral student in entomology at Ohio State University and a co-author of the study. "By suppressing the molds, the mites have a role in reducing allergic reactions to cockroaches."

The research is published in the current issue of the journal Symbiosis.

he Madagascar hissing cockroach, or Gromphadorhina portentosa, grows to between 2 and 3 inches long and 1 inch wide, and makes its characteristic hissing sound if it is squeezed or otherwise feels threatened. Its gentle nature, large size, odd sounds and low-maintenance care have made the species a popular educational tool and pet for years.

When Benoit and colleagues discovered the molds on cockroach surfaces in a previous study, they recommended that people wash their hands after handling the cockroaches and emphasized the need to keep the insects' cages clean. Be
'/>"/>

Contact: Joshua Benoit
benoit.8@osu.edu
614-247-5093
Ohio State University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Live-in domestics: Mites as maids in tropical rainforest sweat bee nests
2. Did termites help Katrina destroy New Orleans floodwalls?
3. New human study reinforces antioxidant benefits of tart cherries
4. Source of major health benefits in olive oil revealed
5. Health benefits, consequences of folic acid dependent on circumstances
6. Building strong bones: Running may provide more benefits than resistance training, MU study finds
7. Gardening gives older adults benefits like hand strength and self-esteem
8. Gardening gives older adults benefits like hand strength and self esteem
9. Queens chemist sheds light on health benefits of garlic
10. Fast-food diet cancels out benefits of breastfeeding in preventing asthma
11. Gene therapy demonstrates benefit in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Mites on hissing coackroach may benefit humans with allergies
(Date:9/19/2014)... years has adapted to the arctic cold, and then you ... for you. , This is happening to the small white ... called nonylphenol, comes from the use of certain detergents, pesticides ... disruptor, but when entering the worm it has another dangerous ... in its body from cold damage. , Enchytraeus albidus ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem ... by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the ... this is only the second "sleep node" identified in ... necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep. , Published ... study demonstrates that fully half of all of the ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... a "frequent flyers" program, fruit flies surely would be ... hosted increasing numbers of fruit fly research studies. One ... April, and another is scheduled launch to the station ... in December. , Fruit flies are biomedical research models ... Model organisms can reveal the basis for health and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Environmental pollutants make worms susceptible to cold 2Environmental pollutants make worms susceptible to cold 3No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new 'sleep node' in the brain 2Buzzing with activity: Fruit flies orbit Earth for science 2Buzzing with activity: Fruit flies orbit Earth for science 3Buzzing with activity: Fruit flies orbit Earth for science 4
... at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University ... from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their ... are Arturo Casadevall , M.D., Ph.D., who is working to ... , Ph.D., and Joan Berman , Ph.D., for their work ...
... Joseph G. Morse , a professor of entomology ... year,s recipient of the California Citrus Quality Council ... of "his steadfast dedication in the field of entomology ... For more than three decades, Morse has provided ...
... led by the University of Colorado Boulder has been awarded $9.2 ... research modifying E. coli to produce biofuels such as ... we have worked on for the past decade to the next ... and Sustainable Energy Institute, or RASEI. "In this project, we will ...
Cached Biology News:Einstein researchers receive 2 Grand Challenges Explorations grants to combat HIV and TB 2Einstein researchers receive 2 Grand Challenges Explorations grants to combat HIV and TB 3UC Riverside entomologist recognized for research in citrus entomology 2CU-led team receives $9.2 million DOE grant to engineer E. coli into biofuels 2
(Date:9/19/2014)... 19, 2014 Barnhardt Manufacturing Company ... for its Organic Cotton . The USDA Certified ... renewable biobased ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by ... in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry, ... our Organic cotton to be immediately identified as a ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... 19, 2014 , The first ... for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) Meeting  Investment supports ... research in the field of growth  , ... Germany , today announced the first recipients ... The awards were announced during a Satellite Symposium organized ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... TX (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 ... integrated urological and interventional radiology products and services, ... known as cryotherapy and cryoablation) versus external beam ... Section of the American Urological Association (MAAUA) Annual ... , "Comparing Relative Effectiveness of Cryosurgery and External ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... 18, 2014 A novel robotic system ... scanner is currently being tested as part of a ... in Boston with the aim of determining if the ... prostate cancer biopsies faster, more accurate, less costly, and ... has the potential to deliver prostate cancer therapies with ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Barnhardt Manufacturing Company Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Certification and Label for Organic Cotton 2EMD Serono Awards Grant for Growth Innovation (GGI) for the First Time 2EMD Serono Awards Grant for Growth Innovation (GGI) for the First Time 3HealthTronics Announces Data Comparing Cryotherapy Versus Radiation for Treating Prostate Cancer Poster Presented at the American Urological Association Regional Meeting 2Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 2Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 3Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 4Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 5Worcester Polytechnic Institute Participates in Clinical Trial for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Cancer Biopsies 6
... Medline Industries, Inc., the,nation,s largest privately held ... it has signed a three-year agreement to,purchase mouth ... products,for personal care, infection control and diagnostic use ... rinse in the healthcare market, we are,happy to ...
... 21st Century Health Care Forum discusses the future of Continuing ... ... June 2 Accredited online nursing courses,are replacing traditional classroom-based courses, ... in,their credentialing options., Ann Johnson, CEO of Wild Iris Medical ...
... PRINCETON, N.J., June 2 IntegriChain, Inc. today,announced ... the Company,s,Board of Directors, further bolstering its position ... Mr. Bailye, 54, recently retired from his ... Dendrite was acquired by French information,provider Cegedim. Under ...
Cached Biology Technology:Medline Signs 3-Year Purchasing Agreement for Mouth Rinse From Chester Labs 2Modernizing Continuing Education With Online Courses 2IntegriChain Appoints John Bailye to Its Board of Directors 2
Human peripheral blood eosinophils, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Peripheral Blood Granulocytes...
Human peripheral blood PBMCs, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Peripheral Blood PBMC and T Cells...
Cord blood endothelial progenitor cells, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Umbilical Cord Blood Progenitor Cells...
Human plasmacytoid dendritic cells, BDCA-4+, For immunohistochemistry (IHC) Cell Chip with Human Peripheral Blood Dendritic Cells and EPCs...
Biology Products: