House-dust as an ecosystem

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    House-dust and house-dust mites (Pyroglyphidae) are well known among allergologists, but less so among ecologists. House dust is the layer of dust covering floors and shelves, and the collection of particles which have penetrated into beds and stuffed furniture; the particles being mostly in the range of 10-3 to 1 mm. Air-borne dust also contains smaller particles but they do not easily settle. Quantitatively the dust consists of skin particles, cotton fibres, paper fibres, wool fibres, synthetic fibres, outdoor dust and a number of particles of other origins (Bordes and Zeylemaker, 1967). This dust, after it has settled, provides food and shelter for a community dominated by arthropods and fungi. The amount of dust present and its composition proved to be comparatively stable. It depended, among other things, on the cleaning habits of the human inhabitants of a certain house.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRecent advances in acarology : proceedings of the V International Congress of Acarology, held August 6-12, 1978 at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, vol. 2
    EditorsJ.G. Rodriguez
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
    ISBN (Print)0-12-592202-7
    Publication statusPublished - 1979


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