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Bradley Mullens

Bradley Mullens


University of California
Riverside, USA

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Bradley Mullens is a Professor of Entomology. Researcher on integrated management of arthropod pests of livestock and poultry.

Current research centers on:

  1. host-parasite relationships with the poultry ectoparasites Ornithonyssus and Menacanthus;
  2.  the biology, ecology and control of Culicoides vectors of bluetongue virus to wild and domestic ruminants and relationships to hemorrhagic disease epizootiology;
  3.  chemical, biological and cultural control of muscoid flies (Musca, Fannia, Stomoxys, Haematobia).

Mullens is also interested in using population biology tools to interpret effectiveness of control efforts for biting and pest flies.

Selected Publications:

  • Martin, C. D. and B. A. Mullens. 2012. Housing and Dustbathing Effects on Northern Fowl Mites (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) and Chicken Body Lice (Menacanthus stramineus)on Hens. Med. Vet. Entomol. 26: 323-333.
  • Mullens, B. A., D. Soto, C. D. Martin, B. L. Callaham and A. C. Gerry. 2011. Northern fowl mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) control evaluations using liquid formulations of diatomaceous earth, kaolin, sulfur, azadirachtin, and Beauveria bassiana on caged laying hens. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 21: 111-116.
  • Chen, B. L., K. L. Haith and B. A. Mullens. 2011. Beak condition drives abundance and grooming-mediated competitive asymmetry in a poultry ectoparasite community. Parasitol. 138: 748-757.
  • >Halbritter, D. A. and B. A. Mullens. 2011. Responses of Ornithonyssus sylviarum (Acari: Macronyssidae) and Menacanthus stramineus (Phthiraptera: Menoponidae) to Gradients of Temperature, Light, and Humidity, with Comments on Microhabitat Selection on Chickens. J. Med. Entomol. 48: 251-261.
  • Mullens, B. A., B. L. Chen and J. P. Owen. 2010. Beak condition and cage density determine abundance and spatial distribution of northern fowl mites, Ornithonyssus sylviarum, and chicken body lice, Menacanthus stramineus, on caged laying hens. Poult. Sci. 89: 2565-2572.
  • Mullens, B.A., R.K. Velten, N.C. Hinkle, D.R. Kuney and C.E. Szijj. 2004. Acaricide Resistance in Northern Fowl Mite (Ornithonyssus sylviarum) Populations on Caged Layer Operations in Southern California. Poultry Sci. 83: 365-374.
  • Kilpinen, O. and B.A. Mullens. 2004. Effect of food deprivation on response of the mite, Dermanyssus gallinae, to heat. Med. Vet. Entomol. 18: 368-371.
  • Mullens, B.A., D.R. Kuney, N.C. Hinkle and C.E. Szijj. 2004. Producer Attitudes and Control Practices for Northern Fowl Mites in Southern California. J. Appl. Poultry Res. 365-374.