THE IDEAL ENVIRONMENT FOR DUST MITES SHOULD BE STUFFY.
It should also be damp, warm, dark and dusty — most of all, dusty. However, the millions of dust mites being bred by scientist Frans Kniest in the basement rooms of Allergopharma in Reinbek, Germany, are not treated to any of these conditions. Kniest does not offer them a single ancient sofa or aging mattress; instead, he raises these tiny arachnids in numerous pocket-sized terrariums the size of smartphones in a lab illuminated by neon light. The inhabitants of the terrariums cannot be seen by the naked eye. Only under a microscope does their teeming social life become visible.
Kniest’s mite breeding is not an eccentric hobby; it is the foundation of a struggle against one of the most aggravating allergies the human body can develop: dust mite allergy, which lasts all year round and bothers the patient around the clock. The human immune system reacts to allergens in the dust mite’s body and its excrement. Allergopharma collects exactly these substances and purifies them in order to be able to effectively combat this allergy later on.