2020-2021 balance sheet of the SLA


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Dear partners, we share in the annex the Balance of what has been done by the current management of the Latin American Society of Acarology during the years 2020 and 2021. As the text is in Spanish, we mention the main points below:

In order to improve communication with partners and interested parties, as well as obtain greater visibility and coverage of the SLA, we work in the following communication channels:
– SLA Page: The official SLA website continued to fulfill its informative and reference role. Domain security has been improved. However, it was decided to remove the directory from the view to preserve data privacy. Soon we hope to improve accessibility by last name, contact information (email), specialty and country. On the other hand, the access to the data record was modified to associate: https://slacarologia.org/
– Facebook: The group “Sociedad Latinoamericana de Acarología – Oficial” was opened which has 1833 members to date: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sociedadlatinoamericanadeacarologia
– Messenger: application that allows direct communication widely used for queries about SLA activities or private disclosure.
– Instagram: @acarologialatinoamericana. It has 596 followers so far. Together with Facebook, they are powerful tools for the dissemination and communication of interests between associates and the general public. In addition, this application allows for private communication, facilitating personal interaction to resolve specific queries: https://www.instagram.com/acarologialatinoamericana

– E-mails: SLA has the institutional accounts master@slacarologia.org and contato@slacarologia.org, but in addition different boxes were opened to improve contact with members: acarologiasla@gmail.com, secretarialaoficial@gmail.com, webinarsla@gmail.com, talking2021@gmail.com, and those generated by SLA vowels. This has notably improved the dissemination of news and the handling of specific situations.
– YouTube: The free access channel of the Latin American Society of Acarology was inaugurated. Through it, live transmissions (streaming) of the SLA Conference Cycle are carried out, being an interesting tool, not only for dissemination, but also for interaction with invited experts. In addition, the channel has become an important audiovisual library, with valuable materials obtained from broadcasts, tutorials, tributes and interviews with SLA’s documental and historical references to Latin American Acarology. All these materials are a source of consultation not only for the members, but for the general public. Total visits to the channel from October 2020 to date: 5762 (Conference Cycle: 4069, Tributes: 1310 and others: 383): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0efTCUYQ-DQLvwBuNGwjsg
– Linktr.ee: Application that allows, from a single link, access the official page, networks and an SLA contact email, as well as other sites of interest that are constantly being updated (events, database, etc.): https://linktr.ee/slacarologia
– Surveys: From the members’ registration form to the attendance forms for the various activities, a space for opinions and comments is provided. This information is constantly reviewed and both opinions and suggestions are considered to improve the benefits to members.
– WhatsApp: Application used for quick and direct communication, not only between work groups at work, but also between different acarological groups.

To update the data of the members and carry out new registrations, several forms were made available in the media and anchored on the SLA Page (Registration of New Members). This allowed us to obtain more complete information about our partners and create a database: https://forms.gle/t8DudGP9hbDkcfZr8. Likewise, a space for opinion and comments has been included in the registration form (see point 1).

In order to organize the SLA activities calendar and provide members with the benefit of obtaining the certificate of assistance for the activities offered (with curricular value), from October 2020, the Even3 platform was used, completely free of charge for the use provided. During this period, it was used to access the SLA Conference Cycle. Members who signed up for this platform were given the option to choose the activity they wanted to attend. This registration, together with the verification of attendance to the chosen activity, allowed them to obtain a certificate of assistance: https://www.even3.com.br/cdcmyvdlslda22021/. On the SLA channel, they have instructions to join the SLA and register on the platform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W_QDfAvYj8.

Other information such as the number of current members (total and by country), webinars and courses given in the reported period, the Society’s participation in scientific events, honors, balance sheet and other administrative information, as well as some activities planned for this year, they are contained in the document issued by the Directorate, attached.

Balance 2020-2021 Sociedad Latinoamericana Acarologia

Soil Biology Congress in Argentina


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The Argentine Society of Soil Biology and Ecology (SABES) announces the holding of the VII National Congress of Soil Biology (CONEBIOS VII) with the slogan “We are soil”, which will be held in April 2022 at the Convention Center, Sergio Karakachoff Building, of the National University of La Plata (La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Work Reception Closing Date: December 31, 2021.

Rules for the Presentation of Works:

Language: Spanish or Portuguese
Authors must indicate type of work (Full Work, Work in Development or Experience) as well as in which of the following subject areas they want their work to be included:

1. Diversity, Monitoring, Indicators, Conservation
2. Ecology of Populations and Communities
3. Functionality of Agroecosystems
4. Morphology, Physiology, Taxonomy and Systematics
5. Environmental Education
6. Gender: from Soil Diversity to Gender Diversity

Number of works: Each registered author may submit a maximum of three (3) works.

More details in the attached circular

3ra circular CONEBIOS VII

Bat Mites at the November SLA Webinar


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We invite you to attend the webinar on “Ectosymbiont mites of bats”, which will take place on Thursday 25th of this month, on the YouTube channel of the Latin American Society of Acarology. The conferences will be in charge of Drs. Juan B. Morales-Malacara (UNAM, Mexico) and Juliana C. Almeida (UFRRJ, Brazil) and will be coordinated by Dr. Carmen Guzmán-Cornejo (UNAM, Mexico). More information in the attached poster.

We are waiting for you!

Course on Taxonomy, Bioecology and Control of Eriophyoidea


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The Universidad Tecnológica del Cibao Oriental (UTECO), in Cotuí, Dominican Republic, offers the virtual course: Superfamily Eriophyoidea: Taxonomy, Bioecology and Management.

All the information and the registration form in this link:




VII SIBAC: Second extension to send submissions


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The Organizing Committee of the VII Brazilian Acarology Symposium (VII SIBAC), in response to the requests of several participants, decided to extend for the second time the presentation date of the modalities: posters, oral presentations and Audiovisual Acarology contest until November 12, 2021 (11/12/2021); and also the presentation of Scientific Notes (Entomological Communications) until November 5, 2021 (11/05/2021). In addition, the values of the first registration fees will be maintained until November 12, 2021 (12/11/2021).

More information and links to the social networks of the event, in the attachment.

Oitava Circular – VIISIBAC


VII Brazilian Symposium on Acarology (VII SIBAC): important announcements


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Dear participants,

The Organizing Committee of the VII Brazilian Symposium on Acarology (VII SIBAC), in view of the requests of several participants, decided to extend the submission date of the modalities: posters, oral presentations, Audiovisual Acarology contest and Scientific Note (Entomological Communications), as well as maintain the values of the first quota for registrations until the date of October 29, 2021 (10/29/2021).

We look forward to you all,


VII SIBAC Committee

José Wagner da Silva Melo

Fernando de Castro Jacinavicius

Ricardo Bassini-Silva

Raphael C. Castilho

Peterson R. Demite

Gilberto José de Moraes

In case of doubts, please contact us via e-mail: viisibac@gmail.com

Sétima Circular – VIISIBAC.pdf

Event Secretary

October Webinar: Raoiella, a multi-faceted genus!


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Dear partners, the November webinar will be about Raoiella, a mite of enormous agricultural importance. The conferences will be in charge of Drs. Daniel Carrillo (University of Florida, USA) and José Carlos Verle Rodrigues (University of Puerto Rico, PR) and will have Dr. Ron Ochoa (USDA, USA) as moderator. The meeting will be on 10/28. More information in the attached poster.

SLA webinars are back!


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We inform you that, while Talking about mites 2021 is still going on, a new webinar organized by the Latin American Society of Acarology is already scheduled. These are two conferences on feather mites given by Latin American researchers, leading worldwide. More information in the attachment. We are waiting for you!


Banana Rust Mite Tracking Net


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Network of researchers for the monitoring of Phyllocoptruta musae Keifer

The banana rust mite Phyllocoptruta musae Keifer (Acari: Eriophyidae) was first detected in Latin America in October 2020, at high population densities in the Dominican Republic (Gómez-Moya et al. 2021). Its actual distribution in the region, its status as a pest, the associated beneficial organisms and whether it represents a risk to banana production is currently unknown.

Banana production is of great socioeconomic importance in Latin America, especially in the Caribbean basin, Central America, northern South America and Mexico, not only because of the contribution to the countries’ exports, but also because it is a staple food and income generator for families in rural areas. Therefore, threats and phytosanitary problems must be dealt with at the regional level. The exchange of technical-scientific information is essential so that each country can adopt prevention and/or mitigation measures of the impact of new pests. Therefore, it is necessary to join forces among the countries that may be affected by the presence of this species of mite in Musaceae systems.

The objective of this form is to contact researchers and also professionals who work with mites or even with other pests in Musaceae, mainly from Latin America, in order to form an information network about the banana rust mite in the region.

The information collected must be transmitted to the competent agencies of each country, for the adoption of appropriate measures and to guide research efforts on this species of mite in the region.

Cristina Gómez Moya, Universidad Tecnológica del Cibao Oriental, UTECO. Cotui, Dominican Republic.
Denise Navia, Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement, INRAE. UMR CBGP, Montferrier Sur Lez, France.

REGISTER: https://forms.gle/oMmL9MHJm3p5Evmd6
Please review your details before submitting.

Audiovisual Acarology Contest at the VII SIBAC


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Dear Acarologists, we are pleased to announce the Audiovisual Acarology Contest of the VII BRAZILIAN SYMPOSIUM OF ACAROLOGY (VII SIBAC) in which the best materials on mites will be awarded, in five (5) categories: drawing, comic strip, photography, micrograph and video. Registration will begin on August 15, 2021 and will close on November 15, 2021. The rules are available on the event website (https://www.even3.com.br/VIISIBAC).

get involved!

We are waiting for you all!

Dr. José Wagner da Silva Melo

Dr. Fernando de Castro Jacinavicius

If you have any questions, please contact us by email: viisibac@gmail.com