Activities of Acarology Unit

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1. Establishment of the experimental procedures for detecting and isolating antimicrobial peptide(s) from the brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus 2020 – on going
2. Development of a self-stable point-of-care duplex LAMP assay for detection of Lyme disease and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsioses pathogens in local ticks 2019 – on going
3. Development of a multiplex real-time PCR assay for simultaneous detection of clinically recognized tick-borne bacterial pathogens in Malaysia 2018 – on going




Characterization of a tick, Dermacentor compactus by morphological characters and molecular data of 16S rDNA


Molecular screening of Leptospira DNA in ticks collected from recreational forests in Selangor
completed 2


Detection of pathogenic Leptospira spp. in environment samples (water & soil), small mammals and ticks obtained from selected recreational areas in Hulu Langat, Selangor

completed 3 1   completed 3 2            

Collecting environment samples and animals from the study site

2016 – 2018
4. Precise identification of different stages of a tick, Ixodes granulatus Supino, 1897 using morphological characters and molecular data of COI gene 2015 – 2017

Laboratory evaluation of topical, contact and residual activity of sodium hypochlorite formulated disinfectant on house dust mites, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and Dermatophagoides farinae 

 completed 5 1        D. pteronyssinus                    

completed 5 2Topical assay technique

2014 – 2016

Evaluation of the effectiveness of Chloroxylenol formulated disinfectant in reducing house dust mite population in bedrooms
completed 6 1

Bedsheets impregnated with Chloroxylenol disinfectant were dried under the sun

completed 6 2
Sampling of dust mites for base line data prior to intervention

7. Molecular identification of blood meal sources of ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) and its phylogeny based on cytochrome b gene

2013 – 2015

8. Sequencing of mitochondrial cytochrome b (cytb) gene of local animals in preparation for blood meal identification

2012 – 2015


Detection and identification of acari found on animal carcasses

completed 9 1

completed 9 2
Collecting mites on carcasses                                  

completed 9 3
completed 9 4
Phoretic mites found on a dung beetle nearby animal carcasses

2012 – 2015

10. The effect of essential oil of two common medicinal and culinary gingers as repellent against house dust mite, D. pteronyssinus 2012 – 2013
11. Detection and identification of pathogens in ticks 2011 – 2013
12. A checklist of acarine ectoparasites in Lata Belatan, Terengganu 2010 – 2012
13. Evaluation of the rapid-STRIPE test system for detection of Rickettsia spp. in free living ticks

2010 – 2012

14. Acarine ectoparasites of pet Burmese python, Python bivittatus in Malaysia 2010




Laboratory evaluation of acaricidal effect of commercial anti-bacterial spray on two species of house dust mites
other 1
Topical activity technique to evaluate acaricidal effect


Molecular identification of Sancassania sp. infested on onion stock
other 2
Onions infested with Sancassania sp.


Molecular identification of medically important storage mite Carpoglyphus lactis in an important package of dried dates sold in local market
other 3
Pure colony of Carpoglyphus lactis

4. Integrative taxonomy: molecular and conventional approaches for identification of a storage mite, Aleuroglyphus ovatus in Malaysia
5. Identification of Tyrophagus putrescentiae using COI sequence
6. The occurrence of mites (Acarina) in dried food grains purchased from local commercial outlets in Klang Valley

Re-establishment of new chigger colonies in the laboratory
other 7
          Adult Trombiculid mites

8. Horizontal spatial distribution of dust mites in mattresses

Establishment of pure colony of Suidasia pontifica in laboratory
other 9
Colony of Suidasia pontifica in laboratory

10. Effects of UV-C lamp (250nm) on egg and house dust mites, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and D. farinae 



Diploma of Applied Parasitology & Entomology (DAP&E) Course – Acarology Module


The DAP&E course is a 5-months course held in the Institute for Medical Research. The Acarology module is conducted for about 2 weeks and it includes lectures, practical classes and fieldwork activities. The lectures cover basic taxonomy, biology, ecology, and distribution of acari of public health importance. In the practical sessions, participants are taught to identify common local acari, and on basic laboratory and field techniques of Acarology. Participants are also able to participate in fieldwork activities to learn various techniques of collecting acari from the environment and animal hosts. Interested individuals may also apply to attend only the Acarology module. Please contact SEAMEO TROPMED Network Malaysia Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for further information.

Ad hoc training


The Unit regularly conducts ad hoc short-term training in various aspects of Acarology as requested by individual/s, agencies or institutions. The duration normally depends on the objective/s and the training needs. Such training will be conducted less than a month. The training programme may also be tailor-made to suit the needs of client. Clients can opt to enrol in the Acarology module of the Diploma of Applied Parasitology and Entomology (DAP&E) course mentioned above. Clients will be charged a fee to cover training costs. Please contact the Head of Acarology Unit for more information.

Postgraduate Supervision or Consultancy

Senior researchers in the Unit regularly serve as co-supervisors or consultants in the postgraduate research projects that involves various aspects of Acarology. We provide training in laboratory and field techniques, advice on study design, mentoring, research guidance, data analysis, thesis writing and publication of findings. Please contact the Head of Acarology Unit or our research officers for further discussions.