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TSU entered the international project to save ticks from extinction

© пресс-служба ТГУTSU entered the international project to save ticks from extinction

TOMSK, Mar 11 – RIA Tomsk. An employee of the Biological Institute of Tomsk State University (BI TSU) Maria Orlova within a group of researchers of the International Union for Conservation of Nature to study and protect ticks that are threatened with extinction – by 2000 scientists recorded 15% disappearance of these invertebrate species, the university’s press service said.

According to the press service, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources has created the Mite Specialist Group organization, which will research and protect groups of invertebrates, primarily ticks. The Mite Specialist Group also includes the scientist of BI TSU Orlova. According to scientists, by 2000, 15% of the world's tick species were extinct.

"The extent of the extinction of ticks is still difficult to even roughly characterize due to extremely poor knowledge. Even the total number of tick species is unknown: their expected number is about one million species, while only a little more than 60 thousand are described," Orlova is quoted.

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The press service clarified that ticks are an important component of many ecosystems, especially soil ones. Not all of them are parasites, but their significance is great. The tick as an individual is more or less harmful to its hosts, but as a species it benefits its host species by stabilizing the ecosystems in which they live.

It is added that there are no protected arachnids, which include ticks, in the Red Data Book of the Russian Federation. The Red List contains about 350 species with 115 thousand described arachnids, but there are only five ticks in it.

"Our research will become an additional basis for the formation of a specially protected natural area. But the main thing is that we hope to make certain shifts in the consciousness of specialists, which will lead to the recognition of the importance of protecting invertebrates," Orlova said.

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