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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Robert K. Vander Meer (Bob)

Research Leader

Dr. Robert K. Vander Meer

Robert K. Vander Meer

Research Leader - Research Chemist

Telephone: (352) 374-5855
Fax: (352) 374-5818
E-mail: bob.vandermeer@ars.usda.gov
http://www.ars.usda.gov/saa/cmave/ifahi/rkvandermeer
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Education

1960 - 1964
Blackburn College; Majors, Chemistry and   Mathematics; B.S.
1964 - 1966
John Carroll University; Major, Chemistry; M.S.
1966 - 1972
The Pennsylvania State University, Synthetic   Organic Chemistry; Ph.D.

Research and University Experience

1972 - 1976
Lecturer in Chemistry (British System), The School of Natural Resources, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji Islands (Peace Corps Volunteer).
1976 - 1977
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
1977 - Present
Research Chemist, USDA, ARS, Gainesville, FL.
1983 - Present
Adjunct Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Univ. of Fl., Gainesville, FL.
1983 - Present
Member of the Graduate Faculty, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Significant Research Accomplishments

  • Accomplishment: Dr. Vander Meer's collaborative efforts to develop delayed acting toxicants for fire ant control led to several pendant toxicant formulations (pro-toxicants) and most importantly, to the discovery of a powerful new class of delayed action toxicant. Dr. Vander Meer then led a concerted effort with the manufacturer, 3M Company, and colleagues to determine the compounds through structure-activity relationships. Patents have been issued on this class of compounds (perfluorinated sulfonamides and sulfonic acids). Role: Dr. Vander Meer was instrumental in guiding the efforts of the Southern Research Institute in developing controlled release toxicants for imported fire ant control under grants from ARS and APHIS. Dr. Vander Meer led collaborators in the discovery of unusual insecticidal activity and the structure/activity of surfactant controls. He then led efforts with colleagues to successfully patent a new class of insecticides and was the senior author on initial publications. Impact: The technology was transferred through issuance of an exclusive license to Griffin Corporation, Valdosta, GA, for development of the invention. EPA approval was obtained for the use of one of these compounds, "sulfluramid," against cockroaches and household ants. The product is currently available to the public in stores throughout the U.S., as a household Roach Bait station and an Ant Bait Station (Hot Shot®, MaxAttrax, Spectrum Group of Household Industries Corp.). The same company offers Spectricide's - Terminate - a Termite Killing System (sold in stores like Lowes and Home Depot). FMC Corporation has sub-licensed the invention and is producing FirstLine® Termite Defense System and other PCO products. The invention is used extensively in South America for leaf-cutting ant control. The licensing of this technology has successfully brought needed pest control products to the public. Based on royalties to the USDA, this invention ranks third in terms of monetary return to the ARS.
  • Accomplishment: Dr. Vander Meer isolated, identified and synthesized four components from S. invicta's Dufour's gland that elicited trail orientation. Scientists had been working on this problem for over 20 years and its solution represented a major breakthrough in the study of fire ant pheromones. Further, the recruitment process was reduced to attraction, orientation induction, and orientation subcategories. Dr. Vander Meer's research efforts led to the development of new bioassays, the isolation and partial identification of the part of the recruitment pheromone used by foraging workers to attract other workers to a trail, and the discovery of a novel trail orientation inducer pheromone (it modulates and increases their sensitivity to the orientation pheromone). Role: Dr. Vander Meer conducted the research and directed the research of a Research Associate to achieve the accomplishments. Impact: The total fire ant recruitment pheromone (attraction, orientation induction, and orientation) as elucidated by Dr. Vander Meer and colleagues is the most completely understood ant pheromone system in terms of both chemistry and behavior, and serves as a model for researchers worldwide.
  • Accomplishment: Discovered that each colony has a distinctive cuticular hydrocarbon pattern that dynamically changes with time. This and the discovery by a graduate student under Dr. Vander Meer's direction of an environmental contribution to the recognition cues helped elucidate the mechanism of cue/template matching, and the ontogeny of nestmate recognition. Recognition of intruders (other ants, pathogens, parasites, predators) as non-nestmate triggers colony defenses that protect the colony from invasion. However, some insects, myrmecophiles, and parasitic ant species have evolved mechanisms to get around these defenses and integrate into their host ant colonies. Two myrmecophiles, a beetle, Myrmecaphodius excavaticollis, and an Orasema sp. wasp were shown to acquire the colony's nestmate recognition cues. Determined in part the mechanism used by a parasitic ant to kill the existing queen and integrate into its host Formica ant colony. Role: Dr. Vander Meer led research efforts aimed at understanding nestmate recognition in fire ants and other ant species, as well as myrmecophile and parasite / host integration mechanisms through graduate students, postdocs, and collaborative interactions. Impact: Both the nestmate recognition and myrmecophile studies have had a major impact on hymenopteran nestmate recognition research and are frequently cited in nestmate recognition papers and reviews. "Cracking" the nestmate recognition code for the fire ant enabled us to better understand parasite, pathogen, and/or predator biological control agents, as well as biologically-based population suppression technologies. Investigations with a parasitic ant and its Formica host are leading the way to an understanding of parasitic ant/host integration mechanisms.
  • Accomplishment: Dr. Vander Meer discovered, via chemical analyses, that the imported fire ants, S. richteri and S. invicta, hybridize. Morphologically the hybrid looks like its parent, S. richteri. Subsequent research using biochemical and genetic techniques demonstrated that the hybrid population is viable and extensive. Behavioral and additional chemical evidence for hybridization was obtained through a comparison of Dufour's gland Gas Chromatograph profiles and the behavioral responses of the parents and hybrid to the recruitment pheromone. The presence of natural hybrid populations was used to gain greater insight into fire ant nestmate recognition. In addition, Dr. Vander Meer developed methods to detect species-specific chemical characters (hydrocarbons and venom alkaloids) from a variety of sample types, including alcohol preserved specimens. This technique was used to analyze museum collections (1949, 1964) and to map the progression of the hybridization of the two imported species over time. These chemical characters are excellent taxonomic tools and represent the most reliable way to detect hybrid colonies. The same tools have been used to define the South American range of the two imported fire ants, also resulting in the discovery of what appear to be cryptic S. richteri species in South America. Role: Dr. Vander Meer made the initial discovery of hybridization then led the expansion of the discovery through collaborations and a Post Doc. In addition, the incumbent is leading the chemical identification of fire ant populations in South America that best match our imported populations in an effort to optimize biocontrol efforts. Impact: The discovery of hybridization raises many important questions regarding conventional and biological control strategies, as well as basic questions about hybrid vigor/cold-hardiness, speciation and the taxonomy of fire ants in South America. For biological control the chemical characters are being used to collect pathogens and parasites from areas in South America that most closely match our imported populations in order to bring back the most virulent form. Dr. Vander Meer currently collaborates with many groups in the U.S., including APHIS, to identify fire ant.
  • Accomplishment: Dr. Vander Meer and coworkers made several discoveries relative to the multiplicity of functions centered on the fire ant's sting apparatus. For example, workers have a hierarchy of defensive behaviors that involve stinging, venom flinging, and aerosol dispersal. Broodtending workers aerosol minute amounts of the antimicrobial venom alkaloids onto brood and soil to promote colony hygiene. Demonstrated that the fire ant queen pheromone is stored in her venom sac and exits through the sting apparatus. This was the first report of the anatomical source of an ant queen pheromone. Discovered that the queen egg-laying mechanism involves sting extension followed by retraction across the eggs being laid. During this process poison gland products are deposited on the eggs. Since the queen is capable of depositing poison sac or Dufour's gland products on eggs, the discovery has many implications. Monogyne and polygyne S. invicta exhibit the same egg-laying behavior. Although individual polygyne queens have a lower oviposition rate than their monogyne counterparts, polygyne colonies produce significantly more eggs at the colony level. Role: Dr. Vander Meer directly participated in and led research with coworkers toward the noted accomplishments. Impact: Queen deposition of poison or Dufour's gland compounds is beneficial to the eggs and thus provides an evolutionary link between the ovipositor and accessory glands of solitary insects and the sting and the poison and Dufour's glands in aculeate Hymenoptera. The egg-laying behavior and deposition of queen-specific compounds on the eggs provide workers with a measure of their queen's fecundity and thus affects their behavior; queen egg-laying behavior and release of worker attractants facilitates the circulation of non-volatile queen primer pheromones into the colony. This work, coupled with Dr. Vander Meer's work on the recruitment pheromone and queen attractant pheromone, document the multifunctional role that the sting apparatus and its associated glands play in fire ant colony life.
  • Accomplishment: Dr. Vander Meer determined 1. monogyne and polygyne fire ant workers respond equally well to queen-produced attractant pheromones. 2. significant attraction was obtained when the racemic queen pheromone (invictolide) was dissolved in the bait phagostimulant, soybean oil and absorbed in carrier grit particles. 3. fire ants discover pheromone enhanced baits significantly faster than non-enhanced baits, and in paired tests enhanced baits are discovered first up to 80% of the time. 4. invictolide enhanced bait kept in a closed vial, maintained structural integrity and biological activity for over two years-a necessary requirement for commercialization. 5. paired single mound treatments demonstrated that pheromone enhanced baits gave more rapid control than non-enhanced baits. 6. fire ants are not as efficient at discovering bait particles as previous dogma dictated. A Patent Application was submitted with our CRADA partner; however, invictolide was very expensive and American Cyanamid, Co. decided not to pursue commercialization - the Patent Application was abandoned. However, a new naturally occurring fire ant attractant was isolated and identified from unrefined soybean oil as isomers of 2,4-heptadienal. These compounds are not found in other oils. Demonstrated bait enhancement benefits for this commercially available compound and a patent has been issued. Initiated a CRADA with BioGuard R&D, Inc. to develop controlled release formulations of the heptadienal and/or invictolide. Role: Dr. Vander Meer was responsible for, participated in, and led research aimed at demonstrating the benefits of pheromone enhanced fire ant baits (funded in part through a CRADA with American Cyanamid, Co.). Dr. Vander Meer led the discovery, isolation, and identification of fire ant attractants from soybean oil. Impact: The queen pheromone, invictolide, was an excellent model to first demonstrate the concept and multiple benefits of pheromone enhanced baits (as outlined above). Discovery of attractants from soybean oil have opened up additional possibilities for bait enhanced - currently being explored through a CRADA with BioGuard, R&D, Inc. Successful development of enhanced bait will decrease the fire ant reinfestation rate by having less effect on non-target ant species, require less active ingredient and in another application provide a species-specific fire ant detection method.
  • Accomplishment: Discovered and developed a number of effective fire ant repellents. A patent application was filed and four patents have been issued covering several classes of compounds described in the original application. Controlled release formulations of the volatile repellents was pursued through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Hercon Environmental Co., who used a polymer laminate formulation to increase the active life of the repellents from minutes to several weeks. In a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Organic Plus, Inc. the repellents were absorbed onto diatomaceous earth, which effectively kept the ants from foraging on the surface for several hours. Recently, controlled release formulations were prepared by CRADA partner, BioGuard R&D, Inc. that effectively repelled fire ants for over two months. Role: Dr. Vander Meer led research with colleagues on fire ant repellents, then took charge of finding commercial partners to develop the invention. Impact: While these compounds do not kill fire ants, they do provide the opportunity to exclude ants from areas where they are not wanted without using insecticides. Potential applications include urban picnic areas, high human use places in parks and recreational areas, plant nurseries, hospitals, electrical equipment, interstate commerce, protection of endangered species, etc. A Phase I SBIR proposal was funded and successfully executed. An SBIR Phase II proposal has been funded to develop these repellents and a funded project was just completed with the Department of the Army at Ft. Hood, TX to use the controlled release repellents to protect an endangered bird species from fire ant predation. This work is continuing.
  • Accomplishment: (A) Discovered that workers from polygyne fire ant populations lack agonistic behavior toward workers from polygyne or monogyne colonies. However, workers from monogyne colonies are aggressive toward all non-colony members. Thus polygyne populations behave as a single "supercolony". (B) Discovered that newly mated fire ant queens (NMQs) are normally executed by monogyne and polygyne workers; however, if either social form loses their queen(s), workers readily accept non-nestmate workers and NMQs. Polygyne colonies were created in the laboratory for the first time through adoption of NMQs by queenless worker groups. Monogyne field sites treated with toxic baits produced queenless worker groups and subsequently polygyne colonies. Discovered a relationship between biogenic amines/aggression levels/and queen presence or absence and proposed a new queen produced primer pheromone to explain results. Role: Dr. Vander Meer led research with colleagues aimed at discovering similarities or differences in nestmate recognition between monogyne and polygyne fire ant populations. Incumbent then led the discovery of NMQ adoption by queenless workers into novel areas that impact the spread of polygyny and the biochemical and physiological basis for the influence of the queen on nestmate recognition. Impact: (A) Polygyne populations behave as a uni- or supercolony, with free flow of worker, queen, and food from one colony to another. The simple aggression assay developed by the incumbent and co-workers reliably determines if a colony is polygyne or monogyne, this facilitated research into social form sympatric patterns in polygyne populations. Practically, a point source of bait toxicant rather than a broadcast treatment will work to control polygyne populations, since workers will distribute the bait population-wide. (B) Re-queening of queenless worker groups by NMQs has tremendous impact on how we view fire ant control and polygyny in the United States. At the least, adoption of NMQs will lead to rapid reinfestation of treated land. At the worst, chemical efforts to control S. invicta will promote the formation of polygyne populations. This work is at the cutting edge of nestmate recognition/primer pheromone research in ants and will become a model system for future social insect research in this area. National Research Initiative and Israel - United States Binational Science Foundation Grants were funded on this subject.
  • Accomplishment: The sex pheromone of the moth, Utetheisa ornatrix was isolated, identified and synthesized. Several components from male moth coremata were isolated and identified, then demonstrated to be that enhanced successful mating. Role: Dr. Vander Meer isolated, identified and synthesized the sex attractant of the moth U. ornatrix; synthesized other pheromone isomers for biological testing and was actively involved with the cooperating biologists who discovered that pheromone emission occurs discontinuously, in the form of short pulses; isolated and identified aphrodisiac compounds from male moths. Impact: The sex pheromone structure was unique for Lepidoptera and the method of pheromone emission added another dimension to insect communication. This was the first time coremata components in moths have been shown to have behavioral effects. The incumbent's work along with that of his colleagues has been featured on public television nature programs and is now a classic, textbook chemical ecology story.
  • Accomplishment: Dr. Vander Meer discovered relationships between (1) the area of a rhinoceros beetle's (Oryctes rhinoceros) elytra and its adult emergent weight, and (2) pupal weight and emergent weight. In addition, incumbent determined that rhinoceros beetles emerge from their pupal chambers, take their first flight, feed, and die at specific percent emergent weights. These physiological events are variable with time, but well defined by a percent emergent weight relationship. Dr. Vander Meer developed a unique olfactometer for Oryctes rhinoceros (L.) that was proven effective by a comparison of results with field-tested chemicals. Using the olfactometer, (-)-des-N-morphinan, but not its stereoisomer was found to be a strong attractant for adult rhinoceros beetles. Additional olfactometer work led to the discovery of structure-activity correlations for derivatives of siglure, an attractant for the rhinoceros beetle. Role: Dr. Vander Meer developed the olfactometer and discovered the fixed measurement - physiological state relationships. Collaborators provided chemicals for evaluation. Impact: The correlation work clearly differentiates between temporal and physiological time and allowed the adult emergent weight of trap-collected rhinoceros beetles to be determined simply by measuring the approximate elytra area. The ability to estimate the emergent weight of field beetles makes these correlations useful in control and ecological studies. This was the first synthetic bridged hydrocarbon found to be an insect attractant. The olfactometer made it possible to screen samples faster than by field testing and led to the discovery of better attractants, which were needed to bring beetles into traps that enabled inoculation with a viral biological control agent.
  • Accomplishment: Incumbent led work that forced a reevaluation of the concept of anti-aphrodisiacs in Drosophila. Role: Dr. Vander Meer collaborated with other researchers, did the chemical analyses, and wrote the paper. Impact: The work revealed how hypotheses developed from extrapolation of results can be erroneously turned into fact through subsequent citations. In addition, this work led to a coauthored book chapter on Drosophila sexual behavior and ageing.
  • Accomplishment: Dr. Vander Meer used caste-specific chemical markers and designed feeding experiments to establish that the first workers produced by a colony-founding queen represent a transient caste. Role: Dr. Vander Meer designed the experiments and led their execution. Impact: The results helps to explain the different behavior observed for minims and has broad implications on our view of colony development in fire ants and other social insects.
  • Accomplishment: Many Pseudacteon flies are known to attack fire ants in South America. The flies are host specific and have been shown to stop fire ant foraging and may shift the local competitive balance to other ant species. Pseudacteon tricuspis was shown to be attracted to compounds released by electrically stimulated fire ants. In addition, the volatile compounds released by shaken fire ant workers attracted phorid fly parasites. Dr. Vander Meer subsequently demonstrated the involvement of alarm pheromones in the attraction of this phorid fly to their host fire ant. In the context of phorid fly rearing, electrical stimulation of ants resulted in about 30% more attacking flies, 15% fewer resting flies, and 20% increase in parasite pupae production. Role: Dr. Vander Meer spearheaded the electrical stimulation work, the subsequence determination of the attractant source, and pushed the development of electrical stimulation and phorid fly rearing. A colleague provided ready access to flies and advice on how to implement electrical stimulation in fly rearing. Impact: This work has enhanced the productivity of mass rearing efforts within ARS and APHIS. In addition, this work leads the way to development of phorid fly trap development for - detection of incipient fly populations, focus flies to a desired area, biotype selection in South America, collection of "wild" flies for rearing enhancement, research. This will become a major accomplishment after documentation in peer-reviewed journals.

Honors and Awards

  • 1976-1977 - American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University, Department of Chemistry.
  • 1982-May: USDA, Superior Service Award for Team Efforts - Official Commendation for Superior Service. Imported fire ant research and methods development team for research and development of alternative chemical and biological methods of imported fire ant control. (Signed - John R. Block, Sec of Agriculture)
  • 1984-Present: Elected Member of Sigma Xi.
  • 1986: U.S. Department of Commerce Inventor's Award, "In recognition of your contribution to economic development through your creative invention of - Method of Control of Insects". (Signed - Director, National Technical Information Service and Assistant Secretary for Productivity, Technology and Innovation)
  • 1986-July: Received a monetary award as part of the Department of Commerce's Incentive Awards Program for Federal Inventors along with a congratulatory letter citing that the invention will be available and benefit the general public (Signed-Robert Auber, Director, Office of Federal Patent Licensing)
  • 1986-August: Received a letter of congratulations from ARS Administrator, T.B. Kinney, Jr. for the above Federal Inventor Incentive Award and he pointed out that "You are among those pioneer inventors of this new licensing program."
  • 1986: USDA Research Certificate of Merit- "For exceptional research on the chemistry of imported fire ant species in the United States that has elucidated their trail pheromone components and demonstrated that they hybridize. (Signed Ernest L. Corley, Area Director, SAA, ARS)
  • 1989-1995: Editorial Board Member, Chemoecology.
  • 1992-November: USDA Certificate of Merit- "For consistently performing at a distinguished level of competence in his position as a Research Chemist, Genetics & Molecular Biology Research Unit, Gainesville, FL. (Signed M.E Carter, Area Director, SAA)
  • 1993-present: Associate Editor of the Florida Entomologist.
  • 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000+: Many certificates of merit for mentoring and hosting students and teachers through the University of Florida's Center for Pre-collegiate Education and Training. Participated in the Teacher Update Experience, Student Science Training, and Summer Research Apprenticeship Programs.
  • 1994: Spot Cash Award for efforts in Technology Transfer.
  • 1995-May: USDA- SAA award- Equal opportunity Employee Award: in recognition of exceptional involvement in science education and community outreach activities. (Signed - Roger Breeze, Acting Area Director, SAA)
  • 1996- January: USDA Certificate of Appreciation - "For Outstanding Service as a Board member of the Employees Association of the Medical and Veterinary Entomology Research Laboratory". (Signed Gary A. Mount, Laboratory Director)
  • 1996-1999: Elected Secretary/Treasurer, North American Section (NAS) of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI).
  • 1998-October: Certificate of Merit for "Outstanding Accomplishments in Developing Research Strategies & Coordinating Cooperative Research on Behavioral Ecology of Fire Ants Toward Goals of Social Disruption". (Signed Herb Oberlander, Center Director, CMAVE)
  • 1999-April to June: Selected to be Acting National Program Leader at ARS Headquarters, Beltsville, MD for NPL, Dr. Karl Narang.
  • 2000-June: Special Assignment related to development of Action Plans at ARS Headquarters, Beltsville, MD for NPL, Dr. Karl Narang.
  • 2001-present: Selected by Area Office (SAA) as a member of the Florida A&M U Science Center Steering Committee.
  • 2001 to 2009: Selected to be a member of the USDA-ARS OTT Mechanical, Measurement and Chemical Patent Committee. Resigned due to RL commitments.
  • 2002 to 2006: Elected to Annals of the ESA Editorial Board as Section C representative, and received Certificate for Outstanding Service as a Board member 2002-2006 and as Chair, 2006. (Signed Frank Gilstrap, ESA President)
  • 2002: Elected Chairperson for Section Cb of the Entomological Society of America;
  • 2002-December to October 2004: Selected to be Acting Research Leader, Mosquito & Fly Research Unit, CMAVE, Gainesville, FL.
  • 2004-October: Received Certificate of Appreciation "For Dedicated Service to the Mosquito and Fly Research Unit, CMAVE, USDA-ARS in Taking on the Responsibilities of and performing the Duties of Acting Research Leader". (Signed Darrell F. Cole, A.D.)
  • 2004-October to present: Applied for and selected Research Leader, Imported Fire Ant and Household Insects Research Unit, CMAVE, Gainesville, FL.
  • 2006: Received Honorable Mention Award for "Excellence in Technology Transfer" from the Federal Laboratory Consortium, Southeast Region, "Area-wide Integrated Management of Invasive Fire Ants".
  • 2006: Received Superior ARS Technology Transfer Award for "Outstanding effort and creativity in areawide suppression of imported fire ants and providing the basis for integrated management of this invasive species"
  • 2007-2008: Elected President of the North American Section, International Union for the Study of Social Insects.
  • 2008-December: Certificate of Appreciation - "For assistance in hosting a visit by Chinese regulatory officials to learn about imported fire ant management in the U.S. - Signed Alan Dowdy, Director of IBC Programs USDA - APHIS.
  • 2009-2012: Elected and served as Councilor for the International Society for Chemical Ecology (ISCE); Received Certificate of appreciation for Service and Leadership.
  • 2009-2010: Invited to serve on a Australian Government sponsored Panel charged with the "Scientific Review of the Australian National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program". Only American serving on the Review Panel.
  • 2010-August: Invited to present and gave Plenary Lecture at International Society of Chemical Ecology Conference, Tour, France.
  • 2011-May: Invited to speak at a special Symposium on Social Insects at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan as one of six invited International speakers.
  • 2012-April: Invited to give a special presentation at the Imported Fire Ant Conference, Virginia Beach, VA, on "USDA, Agricultural Research Service and invasive Fire Ants in the United States".
  • 2012-Aug XXIV International Congress of Entomology, Daegu, Korea. Co-organizer Symposium - Semiochemical Application: From Sex to Alarm.
  • 2013-Present: Accepted invitation to serve on the Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Chemical Ecology - a Section of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
  • 2014-Present: Accepted invitation to join the Editorial Board of the Open Access Journal "Insects".
  • 2014-October: Invited to participate in the LSU Ag Center, Entomology Department Distinguished Lectureship Series.

Editorial Experience

  • Editor in Chief of "Attini", an International Newsletter on Pest Ants, 1987-1994.
  • Lofgren, C.S. and Vander Meer, R.K. 1986. Editors: Fire Ants and Leaf-Cutting Ants: Biology and Management. Westview Press, Boulder, CO, 435 pp.
  • Vander Meer, R.K., K. Jaffe and A. Cedeno. 1990. Editors: Applied Myrmecology: A World Perspective. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 741pp.
  • Vander Meer, R.K., Breed, M., Winstein, M., and Espelie, C. 1998. Pheromone Communication in Social Insects, Westview Press, Boulder, CO.

Membership is Professional Societies:

  • The American Chemical Society
  • The Entomological Society of America
  • The Florida Entomological Society
  • The International Society for Chemical Ecology
  • The International Union for the Study of Social Insects
  • Sigma Xi

Patents

1. Vander Meer, R.K., Lofgren, C.S., Williams, D.F., Meyers, W. and D. Lewis. 1989. Method for the Control of Insects. Patent No. 4921696.

2. Vander Meer, R.K., Banks, W.A., and Lofgren, C.S., 1992. A repellent for ants. U.S. Patent Application, No. 07/925,685.

3. Vander Meer, R.K., Lofgren, C.S., Meyers, W.E., Lewis, D.H., and Williams, D.F., 1993. Method for the Control of Insects. United States Patent Number 5,177,107.

4. Vander Meer, R.K., Lofgren, C.S., Williams, D.F., Meyers, W.E., and Lewis, D.H., 1994. Method for the Control of Insects. United States Patent Number 5,364,618.

5. Vander Meer, R.K., Williams, D.F., Lofgren, C.S., 1995. Compsiçao para controlar uma populaçao de artropódes, Brazilian Patent No. PI 8404556-6.

6. Vander Meer, R.K., Banks, W.A., and Lofgren, C.S., 1996. Repellents for Ants. United States Patent Number 5,587,401.

7. Vander Meer, R.K., Banks, W.A., and Lofgren, C.S., 1997. Repellents for Ants. United States Patent No. 5,648,390.

8. Vander Meer, R.K., Banks, W.A., and Lofgren, C.S. 1998. Repellents for Ants. United States Patent No. 5,721,274.

9. Vander Meer, R. K. and Lofgren, C. S. 1999. Attractant for Social insects. United States Patent Number: 5,897,859.

10. Vander Meer, R. K.; Banks, W. A., and Lofgren, C. S., 2000. Repellent for Ants Patent. U.S. Patent; 6,071,973.

11. Vander Meer, R. K.; Banks, W. A., and Lofgren, C. S., 2001. Repellent for Ants. U.S. Patent, #6,294,577 B1.

Special Invitations

Only invitations from the last 10 years have been listed. More than 75 invitations have not been listed.

  • Invited to present special seminar, "Will the real Solenopsis richteri stand up," at the year 2000 Imported Fire Ant Conference, Chattanooga, TN, April 2000.
  • Invited to present a seminar on "The Many Functions of Fire Ant Venom Alkaloids" for the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, Sept. 2000.
  • Invited to give a presentation at a TMR-European Union project Workshop in Florence, Italy, 2000 (declined - lack of funds).
  • Invited to Participate in the 3rd International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research. Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2000 (declined - lack of funds).
  • Invited to contribute a chapter, 'Social Insect Pheromones' for the multiple-volume Encyclopedia of Entomology to be published by Kluwer Academic, 2001.
  • Accepted invitation to co-author with a colleague from Israel, a 'Chemistry of Communication in Social Behavior', for The Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS, a UNESCO Program).
  • Invited to give a Plenary Lecture. Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society, "A Chemist's Perspective on the Social Behavior of Ants", 2001. Canceled.
  • Invited to Co-organize a Symposium on "Semiochemicals and Communication in Social Insects" at the Internl. Congress of the IUSSI (International Union for the Study of Social insects), Sapporo, Japan, 2002.
  • Invited to present, "Semiochemicals and communication in social systems: Future directions", for the Symposium, 'Chemical Communication in Social Insects' at the International Congress of the IUSSI, Sapporo, Japan, Aug. 2002.
  • Invited to write a review article - topic of my choice - for the journal, Insectes Sociaux. In Progress.
  • Invited to contribute an Article on "Chemistry of Communication in Social Behavior," for a UNESCO program on the production of a database, the Encyclopedia of Life." In Progress.
  • Invited to present, "Repellents for ants" and "Attractants for social insects," at the Florida technology Showcase, Ft Pierce, FL, Oct 2002.
  • Invited to co-organize a Symposium on "Behavior Modification in Social Insects: their Influence on Baits. ESA meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Nov 2002.
  • Invited to write a Review article for the journal, Chemoecology, with Professor Hefetz, Tel Aviv University, Israel, "Nestmate Recognition in Ants". In Progress.
  • Invited to present "Fire ant baits: What are the needs and how do we get there?" for the Symposium, "Behavior Modification in Social Insects: their Influence on Baits". ESA meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Nov 2002.
  • Invited to give a special Symposium presentation at the annual International Society for Chemical Ecology, Ottawa, Canada, Meeting, 2004.
  • Invited to present a Keynote presentation at an Australian Fire Ant Workshop, Brisbane, 2004.
  • Invited to lecture on fire ants to participants in U of FL's FL Student Training Program, 2004.
  • Invited to give a Biology Department seminar at University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 2004.
  • Invited to give a presentation at the Southeastern Pest Management Association Conference, Gainesville, FL, 2005.
  • Invited to give a presentation at the FAO/IAEA-Conference on Area-Wide Control of Insect Pests, Vienna, Austria, 2005.
  • Invited to give a presentation at the First Conference on Fire Ants in Mexico, Saltillo, Mexico, 2005.
  • Declined invitation to organize Symposium at FL Ent. Soc. Meeting, 2005.
  • Declined invitation to present a paper at the Asia-Pac. Cong. of Entomol., S. Korea, 2005.
  • Invited to participate in a Symposium on Control of Sugar-Feeding Ants with Liquid Baits, Visalia, CA, 2006.
  • Invited to present a briefing on Fire Ants and Quail at the 2nd Quail Management Shortcourse, Monticello, FL, 2006.
  • Invited to present a seminar on Fire Ant Chemical Ecology, USDA/ARS, Stoneville, MS, 2006.
  • Invited to present a paper on Fire Ant Chemical Ecology at he Semiochemicals of Social Insects at the Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Washington, D.C., 2006.
  • Invited to give multiple presentations on fire ants at a Fire Ant Workshop, National University of Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006
  • Invited to participate in a chemical ecology Symposium, Asian-Pacific Association for Chemical Ecology, Tsukuba, Japan
  • Invited to give a seminar on the chemical ecology of fire ants at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan, 2007.
  • Invited Department Seminar, University of Florida, Entomology & Nematology Department - 2008
  • Invited presentation at McLaughlin, Gormley, King, Co. Minneapolis, MN, presented overview of IFA and use of attractants to enhance the effectiveness of baits - 2008
  • Invited seminar, Department of Zoology, University of Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel-Department Seminar - 2008
  • Invited Symposium speaker, "Advances in Ant Physiology", International Congress of Entomology, Durban, South Africa – 2008, Declined
  • Invited seminar for Department of Plant & Environmental Protection Sciences, University of Hawaii - 2008
  • Invited Department Seminar, Auburn University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 2008
  • Invited Book Chapter - American Chemical Society book on Household and Structural Pest Control – declined, 2008
  • Invited Department Seminar, University of Mississippi Department of Biology - 2009
  • Invited UF Entomology & Nematology Department - Seminar in conjunction with Chemical Ecology class – 2009

Refereed Publications

2013

Weldon, P. J., Y. J. Cardoza, R. Vander Meer, J. W. Daly, and T. F. Spande. 2013. Contact toxicities of anuran skin alkaloids against the fire ant (Solenopsis invicta). Naturwissenschaften 100: 185-192.

2012

Choi, M. Y., and R. Vander Meer. 2012. Ant trail pheromone biosynthesis is triggered by a neuropeptide hormone. PLOS one 7 (11): e50400. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0050400 1-7.

Choi, M. Y., and R. K. Vander Meer. 2012. Molecular structure and diversity of PBAN/pyrokinin family peptides in ants. Frontiers in Endocrinology 3: 1-8.

Choi, M. Y., R. K. Vander Meer, M. Coy, and M. E. Scharf. 2012. Phenotypic impacts of PBAN RNA interference in an ant, Solenopsis invicta, and a moth, Helicoverpa zea. Journal of Insect Physiology 58: 1159-1165.

Lawson, L. L., R. Vander Meer, and D. Shoemaker. 2012. Male reproductive fitness and queen polyandry are linked to variation in the supergene Gp-9 in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 10: 1-6.

Salomon, M., O. Malka, R. K. Vander Meer, and A. Hefetz. 2012. The role of tyramine and octopamine in the regulation of reproduction in queenless worker honeybees. Naturwissenschaften 99: 123-131.

Suckling, D. M., L. D. Stringer, J. E. Corn, B. Bunn, A. M. El-Sayed, and R. K. Vander Meer. 2012. Aerosol delivery of trail pheromone disrupts the foraging of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Pest Management Science 68: 1572-1578.

Vander Meer, R. K. 2012. Ant interactions with soil organisms and associated semiochemicals. Journal of Chemical Ecology 38: 728-745.

2011

Choi, M. Y., R. K. Vander Meer, D. D. Shoemaker, and S. M. Valles. 2011. PBAN gene architecture and expression in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. J. Insect Physiol. 57: 161-165.

Fritz, G. N., A. H. Fritz, and R. K. Vander Meer. 2011. Sampling high-altitude and stratified mating flights of red imported fire ant. Journal of Medical Entomology 47: 508-512.

Sharma, K., R. K. Vander Meer, and H. Y. Fadamiro. 2011. Phorid fly, Pseudacteon tricuspis, response to alkylpyrazine analogs of a fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, alarm pheromone. Journal of Insect Physiology 57: 939-944.

Stringer, L. D., D. M. Suckling, D. Baird, R. K. Vander Meer, S. J. Christian, and P. J. Lester. 2011. Sampling efficacy for the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Environ. Entomol. 40: 1276-1284.

Vander Meer, R. K., and M. Y. Choi. 2011. Pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide (PBAN)/Pyrokinin family of peptides and fire ants, Solenopsis spp. Formosan Entomol. 31: 133-147.

2010

Choi, M. Y., R. K. Vander Meer, and S. M. Valles. 2010. Molecular diversity of PBAN family peptides from fire ants. Arch. Insect Biochem. Physiol. 74: 67-80.

Lavine, B. K., N. Mirjankar, and R. K. Vander Meer. 2010. Analysis of chemical signals in red fire ants by gas chromatography and pattern recognition techniques. Talanta 83: 216-224.

Suckling, D. M., L. D. Stringer, B. Bunn, A. M. El-Sayed, and R. K. Vander Meer. 2010. Trail pheromone disruption of red imported fire ant. J. Chem. Ecol. 36: 744-750.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. A. Preston, and M. Y. Choi. 2010. Isolation of a pyrazine alarm pheromone component from the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. J. Chem. Ecol. 36: 163-170.

2009

Choi, M. Y., A. K. Raina, and R. K. Vander Meer. 2009. PBAN/pyrokinin peptides in the central nervous system of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Cell Tissue Res. 335: 431-439.

Choi, M. Y., and R. K. Vander Meer. 2009. Identification of a new member of the PBAN family of neuropeptides from the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Insect Molecular Biology 18: 161-169.

Kafle, L., W. J. Wu, R. K. Vander Meer, Y. Y. Huang, and C. J. Shih. 2009. Microencapsulated bait: Does it work with red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 53: 729-737.

Kafle, L., W. J. Wu, R. K. Vander Meer, and C. J. Shih. 2009. Effect of surfaces on the foraging efficiency of Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Formosan Entomol. 29: 51-58.

Lalzar, I., T. Simon, R. K. Vander Meer, and A. Hefetz. 2009. Alteration of cuticular hydrocarbon composition affects heterospecific nestmate recognition in the carpenter ant Camponotus fellah. Chemoecology DOI 10.1007/s00049-009-0030-x: (6 pages).

Oliver, J. B., R. K. Vander Meer, S. A. Ochieng, N. N. Youssef, E. Pantaleoni, F. A. Mrema, K. M. Vail, J. P. Parkman, S. M. Valles, W. G. Haun, and S. Powell. 2009. Statewide survey of imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) populations in Tennessee. J. Entomol. Sci. 44: 149-157.

2008

Gardner, W. A., S. Diffie, R. K. Vander Meer, and M. A. Brinkman. 2008. Distribution of the fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) hybrid in Georgia. J. Entomol. Sci. 43: 133-137.

Kafle, L., W. J. Wu, R. K. Vander Meer, and C. J. Shih. 2008. Simplified approaches to determine the attractant preference of Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Appl. Entomol. Zool. 43: 383-390.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. A. Preston, and A. Hefetz. 2008. Queen regulates biogenic amine level and nestmate recognition in workers of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Naturwissenschaften 95: 1155-1158.

2007

Barron, A. B., J. Maleszka, R. Vander Meer, G. E. Robinson, and R. Maleszka. 2007. Comparing injection, feeding and topical application methods for treatment of honeybees with octopamine. J. Insect Physiol. 53: 187-194.

Barron, A. B., R. Maleszka, R. K. Vander Meer, and G. E. Robinson. 2007. Octopamine modulates honey bee dance behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 104: 1703-1707.

Burns, S. N., R. Vander Meer, and P. E. A. Teal. 2007. Juvenile hormone III concentrations in female reproductives of Solenopsis invicta Buren. J. Entomol. Sci. 42: 306-309.

Burns, S. N., R. Vander Meer, and P. E. A. Teal. 2007. Mating flight activity as dealation factors for red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) female alates. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 100: 257-264.

Calcaterra, L. A., R. Vander Meer, J. P. Pitts, J. Livore, and N. D. Tsutsui. 2007. Survey of Solenopsis fire ants and their parasitoid flies (Diptera: Phoridae: Pseudacteon) in central Chile and Central Western Argentina. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 100: 512-521.

Valles, S. M., C. A. Strong, D. H. Oi, S. D. Porter, R. M. Pereira, R. Vander Meer, Y. Hashimoto, L. M. Hooper-Bui, H. Sanchez-Arroyo, T. Davis, V. Karpakakunjaram, K. M. Vail, L. C. Graham, J. A. Briano, L. A. Calcaterra, L. E. Gilbert, R. Ward, K. Ward, J. B. Oliver, G. Taniguchi, and D. C. Thompson. 2007. Phenology, distribution, and host specificity of Solenopsis invicta virus-1. J. of Invert. Pathol. 96: 18-27.

Vander Meer, R. K., and L. Morel. 2007. Oviposition process of Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Queens. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 100: 758-762.

Vander Meer, R. K., R. M. Pereira, S. D. Porter, S. M. Valles, and D. H. Oi. 2007. Area-wide supression of invasive fire ant Solenopsis spp. populations, pp. 487-496. In M. J. B. Vreysen, A. S. Robinson and J. Hendrichs [eds.], Area-wide control of insect pests.

2006

Briano, J., L. Calcaterra, R. K. Vander Meer, S. M. Valles, and J. Livore. 2006. New survey for the fire ant microsporidia Vairimorpha invictae and Thelohania solenopsae in southern South America, with observations on their field persistence and prevalence of dual infections. Environ. Entomol. 35.

Carlson, D. A., J. A. Hogsette, D. L. Kline, C. D. Geden, and R. K. Vander Meer. 2006. Prevention of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) and house flies (Diptera: Muscidae) from entering simulated aircraft with commercial air curtain Units. Journal of Economic Entomology 99: 182-193.

Fritz, G. N., R. K. Vander Meer, and C. A. Preston. 2006. Selective male mortality in the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Genetics 173: 207-213.

Preston, C. A., G. N. Fritz, and R. K. Vander Meer. 2006. Prevalence of Thelohania Solenopsae infected Solenopsis invicta newly mated queens within areas of differing social from distributions. J. Invert. Path. 94: 119-124.

Streett, D. A., T. B. Freeland, and R. K. Vander Meer. 2006. Survey of imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) populations in Mississippi. Florida Entomol. 89: 91-92.

2005

Burns, K., R. K. Vander Meer, and P. E. A. Teal. 2005. The effect of age and social environment on dealation in Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) female alates. Florida Entomol. 88: 452-457.

Burns, S. N., R. K. Vander Meer, and P. E. A. Teal. 2005. The effect of age and social environment on dealation in Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) female alates. Florida Entomol. 88: 452-457.

Johnson, C. A., H. Topoff, R. K. Vander Meer, and B. Lavine. 2005. Do these eggs smell funny to you? Egg discrimination by Formica hosts of the slave-making ant, Polyergus breviceps (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Behavioral Ecol. & Sociobiol. 57: 245-255.

2004

Katzav-Govansky, T., R. Boulay, R. K. Vander Meer, and A. Hefetz. 2004. In-nest environment modulates nestmate recognition in the ant camponotus fellah. Naturwissenschaften 91: 186-190.

Vander Meer, R. K. 2004. Social insect pheromones, pp. 2040-2046. In J. L. Capinera [ed.], Encyclopedia of Entomology. KluwerAcademic Publishers, Norwell, MA.

2003

Boulay, R., T. Katzav-Govansky, R. K. Vander Meer, and A. Hefetz. 2003. Colony insularity through queen control on worker social motivation in ants. Proc. Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences 270: 971-977.

Fritz, G. N., and R. K. Vander Meer. 2003. Sympatry of polygyne and monogyne colonies of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 96: 86-92.

Lavine, B. K., C. Davidson, R. K. Vander Meer, S. Lahav, V. Soroker, and A. Hefetz. 2003. Genetic algorithms for deciphering the complex chemosensory code of social insects. Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems 66: 51-62.

Yi, G. B., W. D. McClendon, D. Desaiah, J. Goddard, A. Lister, J. E. Moffitt, R. K. Vander Meer, R. D. Deshazo, K. S. Lee, and R. W. Rockhold. 2003. Fire ant venom alkaloid, isosolenopsin A, is a potenet and selective inhibitor of neuronal nitric oxide synthase. International Journal of Toxicology 22: 81-86.

2002

Burns, S. N., P. E. A. Teal, R. K. Vander Meer, J. L. Nation, and J. T. Vogt. 2002. Identification and action of juvenile hormone III from sexually mature alate females of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. J. Insect Physiol. 48: 357-365.

Johnson, C. A., H. Topoff, R. K. Vander Meer, and B. Lavine. 2002. Host queen killing by slave-maker ant queen: When is a host queen worth attacking? Anim. Behav. 64: 807-815.

Vander Meer, R. K., and L. E. Alonso. 2002. Queen primer pheromone affects conspecific fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) aggression. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 51: 122-130.

Vander Meer, R. K., T. J. Slowik, and H. G. Thorvilson. 2002. Semiochemicals released by electrically stimulated red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta. J. Chem. Ecol. 28: 2585-2600.

2001

Davis, L. R., Jr., R. K. Vander Meer, and S. D. Porter. 2001. Red imported fire ants expand their range across the West Indies. Florida Entomol. 84: 735-736.

Johnson, C. A., R. K. Vander Meer, and B. Lavine. 2001. Changes in the cuticular hydrocarbon profile of the slave-maker ant queen, Polyergus breviceps Emery, after killing a Formica host queen (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Chem. Ecol. 27: 1787-1804.

Lahav, S., V. Soroker, R. K. Vander Meer, and A. Hefetz. 2001. Segregation of colony odor in the desert ant Cataglyphis Niger. J. Chemical Ecology 27: 927-943.

Vander Meer, R. K., W. A. Banks, and C. S. Lofgren. 2001. Repellent for ants. U.S. Patent, #6,294,577 B1

Vander Meer, R. K., and S. D. Porter. 2001. Fate of newly mated queens introduced into monogyne and polygyne Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) colonies. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 94: 289-297.

2000

Shatters, R. G., Jr., and R. K. Vander Meer. 2000. Characterizing the interaction between fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and developing soybean plants. J. Econ. Entomol. 93: 1680-1687.

Vander Meer, R. K., W. A. Banks, and C. S. Lofgren. 2000. Repellent for ants. U.S. Patent; 6,071,973

1999

Lahav, S., V. Soroker, A. Hefetz, and R. K. Vander Meer. 1999. Direct behavioral evidence for hydrocarbons as ant recognition discriminators. Naturwissenschaften 86: 246-249.

Vander Meer, R. K., and C. S. Lofgren. 1999. Attractant for social pest insects. U.S. Patent #5,897,859

1998

Lahav, S., V. Soroker, R. K. Vander Meer, and A. Hefetz. 1998. Nestmate recognition in the ant Cataglyphis niger: do queens matter? Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 43: 203-212.

Vander Meer, R. K., and L. E. Alonso. 1998. Pheromone directed behavior in ants, pp. 159-192. In R. K. Vander Meer, M. Breed, M. Winston and K. E. Espelie [eds.], Pheromone communication in social insects. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 368 p.

Vander Meer, R. K., W. A. Banks, and C. S. Lofgren. 1998. Repellents for ants. United States Patent 5,721,274, Feb. 24, 1998. 16 p

Vander Meer, R. K., M. Breed, M. Winston, and K. E. Espelie. 1998. Pheromone communication in social insects : ants, wasps, bees, and termites. Westview Press, Boulder, Colo.

Vander Meer, R. K., and L. Morel. 1998. Nestmate recognition in ants, pp. 79-103. In R. K. Vander Meer, M. Breed, M. Winston and K. E. Espelie [eds.], Pheromone communication in social insects. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 368 p.

1997

Aldrich, J. R., P. W. Schaefer, J. E. Oliver, P. Puapoomchareon, C. J. Lee, and R. K. Vander Meer. 1997. Biochemistry of the exocrine secretion from Gypsy moth caterpillars (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 90: 75-82.

Alonso, L. E., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1997. Source of alate excitant pheromones in the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Insect Behav. 10: 541-555.

Vander Meer, R. K., W. A. Banks, and C. S. Lofgren. 1997. Repellents for ants. United States Department of Agriculture patents, July 15, 1997, 5,648,390

1996

Leclercq, S., J. C. Braekman, D. Daloze, J. M. Pasteels, and R. Vander Meer. 1996. Biosynthesis of the solenopsins, venom alkaloids of the fire ants. Naturwissenschaften 83: 222-225.

Mankin, R. W., L. K. Wojcik, T. Fukuda, R. R. Heath, D. L. Kline, R. G. Shatters, R. K. Vander Meer, and D. P. Wojcik. 1996. A commitment to the future: science education outreach. Am. Entomol.: ??: 244-247.

Vander Meer, R. K. 1996. Potential role of pheromones in fire ant control, pp. 223-232. In D. Rosen, F. D. Bennett and J. L. Capinera [eds.], Pest Management in the subtropics: Integrated pest management - a Florida perspective. Intercept Ltd., Andover, UK.

Vander Meer, R. K., W. A. Banks, and C. S. Lofgren. 1996. Repellents for ants. United States Patent 5,587,401, Dec. 24, 1996. 14 p.

1995

Porter, S. D., R. K. Vander Meer, M. A. Pesquero, S. Campiolo, and H. G. Fowler. 1995. Solenopsis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) fire ant reactions to attacks of Pseudacteon flies (Diptera: Phoridae) in Southeastern Brazil. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 88: 570-575.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and J. A. Seawright. 1995. Specificity of the red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) phagostimulant response to carbohydrates. Florida Entomol. 78: 144-154.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and D. F. Williams. 1995. Composição para controlar uma população de artrópodes. Carte Patente No. PI 8404556-6 (Brazilian Patent)

Vander Meer, R. K., and L. Morel. 1995. Ant queens deposit pheromones and antimicrobial agents on eggs. Naturwissenschaften 82: 93-95.

1994

Leclercq, S., I. Thirionet, F. Broeders, D. Daloze, R. Vander Meer, and J. C. Braekman. 1994. Absolute configuration of the solenopsins, venom alkaloids of the fire ants. Tetrahedron 50: 8465-8478.

Obin, M. S., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1994. Alate semiochemicals release worker behavior during fire ant nuptial flights. J. Entomol. Sci. 29: 143-151.

Undeen, A. H., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1994. Conversion of intrasporal trehalose into reducing sugars during germination of Nosema algerae (Protista: Microspora) spores: a quantitative study. J. Eukaryotic Microbiology 41: 129-132.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, D. F. Williams, W. E. Myers, and D. H. Lewis. 1994. Method for the control of insects. U.S. Patent No. 5,364,618

1993

Anderson, J. B., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1993. Magnetic orientation in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Naturwissenschaften 80: 568-570.

Obin, M. S., L. Morel, and R. K. Vander Meer. 1993. Unexpected, well-developed nestmate recognition in laboratory colonies of polygyne imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Insect Behav. 6: 579-589.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, W. E. Myers, D. H. Lewis, and D. F. Williams. 1993. Method for the control of insects. U.S. Patent No. 5,177,107

1992

Vander Meer, R. K., L. Morel, and C. S. Lofgren. 1992. A comparison of queen oviposition rates from monogyne and polygyne fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, colonies. Physiol. Entomol. 17: 384-390.

1991

Storey, G. K., R. K. Vander Meer, D. G. Boucias, and C. W. McCoy. 1991. Effect of fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) venom alkaloids on the in vitro germination and development of selected entomogenous fungi. J. Invertebr. Pathol. 58: 88-95.

Williams, D. F., W. A. Banks, R. K. Vander Meer, and C. S. Lofgren. 1991. Red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) control with a corn grit bait of fenoxycarb without soybean oil. J. Econ. Entomol. 84: 814-817.

1990

Lavine, B. K., L. Morel, R. K. Vander Meer, R. W. Gunderson, J. H. Han, A. Bonanno, and A. Stine. 1990. Pattern recognition studies in chemical communication: Nestmate recognition in Camponotus floridanus. Chemometrics Intellig. Lab. Syst. 9: 107-114.

Lavine, B. K., R. K. Vander Meer, L. Morel, R. W. Gunderson, J. H. Han, and A. Stine. 1990. False color data imaging: A new pattern recognition technique for analyzing chromatographic profile data. Microchem. J. 41: 288-295.

Morel, L., R. K. Vander Meer, and C. S. Lofgren. 1990. Comparison of nestmate recognition between monogyne and polygyne populations of Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 83: 642-647.

Undeen, A. H., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1990. The effect of ultraviolet radiation on the germination of Nosema algerae Vavra and Undeen (Microsporida: Nosematidae) spores. J. Protozool. 37: 194-199.

Vander Meer, R. K., K. Jaffe, and A. Cedeno. 1990. Applied myrmecology: a world perspective. Westview Press, Boulder.

Vander Meer, R. K., and C. S. Lofgren. 1990. Chemotaxonomy applied to fire ant systematics in the United States and South America, pp. 75-84. In R. K. Vander Meer, K. Jaffe and A. Cedeno [eds.], Applied myrmecology: a world perspective. Westview Press, Boulder. xv + 741 p.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and F. M. Alvarez. 1990. The orientation inducer pheromone of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta. Physiol. Entomol. 15: 483-488.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and D. F. Williams. 1990. Method for the control of insects. U.S. Patent No. 4,921,696

Vander Meer, R. K., and E. Merdinger. 1990. Fire ant carbohydrate phagostimulants: Laboratory and practical studies. Farmacia 38: 93-101.

Vander Meer, R. K., S. K. Narang, S. Toniolo, and R. S. Patterson. 1990. Biochemical and genetic characterization of fire ant populations in the United States and South America, pp. 374-375. In H. H. Hagedorn, J. G. Hildebrand, M. G. Kidwell and J. H. Law [eds.], Molecular Insect Science. Plenum Press, N.Y., 407 p.

Vander Meer, R. K., M. S. Obin, and L. Morel. 1990. Nestmate recognition in fire ants: monogyne and polygyne populations, pp. 322-328. In R. K. Vander Meer, K. Jaffe and A. Cedeno [eds.], Applied myrmecology: a world perspective. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 741 p.

Williams, D. F., C. S. Lofgren, and R. K. Vander Meer. 1990. Fly pupae as attractant carriers for toxic baits for red imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 83: 67-73.

1989

Glancey, B. M., R. K. Vander Meer, and D. P. Wojcik. 1989. Polygyny in hybrid imported fire ants. Florida Entomol. 72: 632-636.

Jouvenaz, D. P., D. P. Wojcik, and R. K. Vander Meer. 1989. First observation of polygyny in fire ants, Solenopsis spp., in South America. Psyche 96: 161-165.

Lofgren, C. S., W. A. Banks, R. K. Vander Meer, and D. F. Williams. 1989. Residual activity of some fluoroaliphatic sulfones to the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Florida Entomol. 72: 140-146.

Obin, M. S., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1989. Between and within-species recognition among imported fire ants and their hybrids (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): application to hybrid zone dynamics. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 82: 649-652.

Obin, M. S., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1989. Nestmate recognition in fire ants (Solenopsis invicta Buren). Do queens label workers? Ethology 80: 255-264.

Obin, M. S., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1989. Mechanism of template-label matching in fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, nestmate recognition. Anim. Behav. 38: 430-435.

Vander Meer, R. K., D. P. Jouvenaz, and D. P. Wojcik. 1989. Chemical mimicry in a parasitoid (Hymenoptera: Eucharitidae) of fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Chem. Ecol. 15: 2247-2261.

Vander Meer, R. K., and C. S. Lofgren. 1989. Biochemical and behavioral evidence for hybridization between fire ants, Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Chem. Ecol. 15: 1757-1765.

Vander Meer, R. K., D. Saliwanchik, and B. Lavine. 1989. Temporal changes in colony cuticular hydrocarbon patterns of Solenopsis invicta: Implications for nestmate recognition. J. Chem. Ecol. 15: 2115-2125.

1988

Diffie, S., R. K. Vander Meer, and M. H. Bass. 1988. Discovery of hybrid fire ant populations in Georgia and Alabama. J. Entomol. Sci. 23: 187-191.

Lavine, B. K., P. C. Jurs, D. R. Henry, R. K. Vander Meer, J. A. Pino, and J. E. McMurry. 1988. Pattern recognition studies of complex chromatographic data sets: design and analysis of pattern recognition experiments. J. Chemometrics Intell. Lab. Syst. 3: 79-89.

Morel, L., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1988. Do ant brood pheromones exist? Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 81: 705-710.

Morel, L., R. K. Vander Meer, and B. K. Lavine. 1988. Ontogeny of nestmate recognition cues in the red carpenter ant (Camponotus floridanus)--behavioral and chemical evidence for the role of age and social experience. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 22: 175-183.

Obin, M. S., B. M. Glancey, W. A. Banks, and R. K. Vander Meer. 1988. Queen pheromone production and its physiological correlates in fire ant queens (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) treated with fenoxycarb. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 81: 808-815.

Obin, M. S., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1988. Sources of nestmate recognition in the imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Anim. Behav. 36: 1361-1370.

Vander Meer, R. K. 1988. Physiology and behavior of the imported fire ant, pp. 18-23. In S. B. Vinson and J. Teer [eds.], The imported fire ant: Assessment and recommendations. Proc. Governor's Conf., Sportsmen Conservationists of Texas, Austin, TX.

Vander Meer, R. K. 1988. Behavioral and biochemical variation in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, pp. 223-255. In R. L. Jeanne [ed.], Interindividual behavioral variability in social insects. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 456 p.

Vander Meer, R. K., F. Alvarez, and C. S. Lofgren. 1988. Isolation of the trail recruitment pheromone of Solenopsis invicta. J. Chem. Ecol. 14: 825-838.

Vander Meer, R. K., and C. S. Lofgren. 1988. Use of chemical characters in defining populations of fire ants (Solenopsis saevissima complex) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Florida Entomol. 71: 323-332.

Vander Meer, R. K., and L. Morel. 1988. Brood pheromones in ants, pp. 491-513. In J. C. Trager [ed.], Advances in myrmecology. E.J. Brill, New York. 551 p.

1987

Alvarez, F. M., R. K. Vander Meer, and C. S. Lofgren. 1987. Synthesis of homofarnesenes: Trail pheromone components of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Tetrahedron 43: 2897-2900.

Ross, K. G., R. K. Vander Meer, D. J. C. Fletcher, and E. L. Vargo. 1987. Biochemical phenotypic and genetic studies of two introduced fire ants and their hybrid (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Evolution 41: 280-293.

Undeen, A. H., L. M. ElGazzar, R. K. Vander Meer, and S. Narang. 1987. Trehalose levels and trehalase activity in germinated and ungerminated spores of Nosema algerae (Microspora: Nosematidae). J. Invertebr. Pathol. 50: 230-237.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and D. F. Williams. 1987. Fluorinated sulfonamides. A new class of delayed-action toxicants for fire ant control, pp. 226-240. In D. R. Baker, J. G. Fenyes, W. K. Moberg and B. Cross [eds.], Synthesis & Chemistry of Agrochemicals. American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C. 474 p.

Williams, D. F., C. S. Lofgren, and R. K. Vander Meer. 1987. The red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta: control with fluoroaliphatic sulfone bait toxicants. J. Agric. Entomol. 4: 41-47.

Williams, D. F., R. K. Vander Meer, and C. S. Lofgren. 1987. Diet-induced nonmelanized cuticle in workers of the imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren. Arch. Insect Biochem. Physiol. 4: 251-259.

1986

Lofgren, C. S., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1986. Fire ants and leaf-cutting ants. Biology and management. Westview Press, Boulder.

Vander Meer, R. K. 1986. The trail pheromone complex of Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri, pp. 201-210. In C. S. Lofgren and R. K. Vander Meer [eds.], Fire ants and leaf cutting ants: Biology and management. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 435 p.

Vander Meer, R. K. 1986. Chemical taxonomy as a tool for separating Solenopsis spp, pp. 316-326. In C. S. Lofgren and R. K. Vander Meer [eds.], Fire ants and leaf cutting ants: biology and management. Westview Press, Boulder. xv + 435 p.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and D. F. Williams. 1986. Control of Solenopsis invicta with delayed-action fluorinated toxicants. Pest. Sci. 17: 449-455.

Vander Meer, R. K., M. S. Obin, S. Zawistowski, K. B. Sheehan, and R. C. Richmond. 1986. A reevaluation of the role of cis-vaccenyl Acetate, cis-vaccenol and esterase 6 in the regulation of mated female sexual Attractiveness in Drosophila Melanogaster. Journal of Insect Physiology 32: 681-686.

1985

Obin, M. S., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1985. Gaster flagging by fire ants (Solenopsis spp.): Functional significance of venom dispersal behavior. J. Chem. Ecol. 11: 1757-1768.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and F. M. Alvarez. 1985. Biochemical evidence for hybridization in fire ants. Florida Entomol. 68: 501-506.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and D. F. Williams. 1985. A method for the control of insects. U.S. Patent Appl. 6,758,856 [revision of 1983 patent application] [U.S. Gov. Res. Develop. Rep. 1986, 86: PB86-131448/ XAB]

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and D. F. Williams. 1985. Fluoroaliphatic sulfones: A new class of delayed-action insecticides for control of Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 78: 1190-1197.

1984

Olofson, R. A., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1984. Mechanisms of the reactions of benzoazetinones with nucleophiles: Evidence for an imino ketene intermediate. J. Org. Chem. 49: 3377-3379.

Olofson, R. A., R. K. Vander Meer, D. H. Hoskin, M. Y. Bernhein, S. Stournas, and D. S. Morrison. 1984. Synthesis, stability, structure, reactivity, and chemistry of N-alkylbenzoazetinones. J. Org. Chem. 49: 3367-3372.

Undeen, A. H., R. K. Vander Meer, B. J. Smittle, and S. W. Avery. 1984. The effect of gamma radiation on Nosema algerae (Microsporidia: Nosematidae) spore viability, germination, and carbohydrates. J. Protozool 31: 479-482.

Vander Meer, R. K., and R. A. Olofson. 1984. Reactions of antranilium salts with nucleophiles: adduct formation and rearrangement. J. Org. Chem. 49: 3373-3376.

1983

Vander Meer, R. K. 1983. Semiochemicals and the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Florida Entomol. 66: 139-161.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and D. F. Williams. 1983. A method for the control of insects. U.S. Pat. Appl. 455,727. 44 p. [Chem. Abstr. 100: 002205.]

Vander Meer, R. K., and T. P. McGovern. 1983. Structure-activity correlations for derivatives of Siglure: Attractants for Oryctes rhinoceros L. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 76: 723-727.

Vander Meer, R. K., D. F. Williams, and C. S. Lofgren. 1983. Efficacy of organofluorine compounds against the red imported fire ant, 1980. Insect. Acar. Tests 8: 252-253.

1982

Vander Meer, R. K., B. M. Glancey, and C. S. Lofgren. 1982. Biochemical changes in the crop, oesophagus and postpharyngeal gland of colony-founding red imported fire ant queens (Solenopsis invicta ). Insect Biochem. 12: 123-127.

Vander Meer, R. K., D. F. Williams, and C. S. Lofgren. 1982. Degradation of the toxicant AC 217,300 in Amdro imported fire ant bait under field conditions. J. Agric. Food Chem. 30: 1045-1048.

Vander Meer, R. K., and D. P. Wojcik. 1982. Chemical mimicry in the myrmecophilous beetle Myrmecaphodius excavaticollis. Science 218: 806-808.

1981

Glancey, B. M., R. K. Vander Meer, A. Glover, C. S. Lofgren, and S. B. Vinson. 1981. Filtration of microparticles from liquids ingested by the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren. Insectes Sociaux 28: 395-401.

Meyers, W. E., D. H. Lewis, R. K. Vander Meer, and C. S. Lofgren. 1981. Polymers containing pendant insecticides, pp. 171-190. In D. H. Lewis [ed.], Proceedings 7th International Symposium on Controlled Release Pesticides & Pharmaceuticals. Plenum, New York.

Thompson, M. J., B. M. Glancey, W. E. Robbins, C. S. Lofgren, S. R. Dutky, J. Kochansky, R. K. Vander Meer, and A. R. Glover. 1981. Major hydrocarbons of the post-pharyngeal glands of mated queens of the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta. Lipids 16: 485-495.

Vander Meer, R. K., E. Merdinger, and C. S. Lofgren. 1981. Recent biochemical studies of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Farmacia 29: 145-152.

Vander Meer, R. K., F. D. Williams, and C. S. Lofgren. 1981. Hydrocarbon components of the trail pheromone of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Tetrahedron Lett. 22: 1651-1654.

Williams, D. F., C. S. Lofgren, and R. K. Vander Meer. 1981. Tending of dead queens by workers of Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Florida Entomol. 64: 545-547.

1980

Glancey, B. M., R. K. Vander Meer, A. Glover, and C. S. Lofgren. 1980. Observations of intercastes in Solenopsis invicta Buren. Florida Entomol. 63: 346-350.

Vander Meer, R. K., B. M. Glancey, C. S. Lofgren, A. Glover, J. H. Tumlinson, and J. Rocca. 1980. The poison sac of red imported fire ant queens: Source of a pheromone attractant. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 73: 609-612.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, D. H. Lewis, and W. E. Meyers. 1980. Controlled release formulations and control of the imported fire ant: What are the possibilities?, pp. 251-266. In R. Baker [ed.], Controlled Release of Bioactive Materials. Academic Press Inc., New York. 473 p.

Other Publications

2008

Choi, M. Y., R. K. Vander Meer, and A. K. Raina. 2008. PBAN/Pyrokinin peptides in central nervous system from fire ant Solenopsis invicta. Proceedings of the International Society of Chemical Ecology, Paper No. 78

Vander Meer, R. K., M. Y. Choi, and J. A. Anderson. 2008. Fire ant cuticular hydrocarbons: a research tool and nestmate recognition cues? Proceedings of the International Society of Chemical Ecology, Paper No. 139.

2007

Vander Meer, R. K., and A. Hefetz. 2007. The Complexity of Fire Ant Nestmate Recognition, pp. D-02, 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Chemical Ecology, Tsukuba (Japan).

2006

Vander Meer, R. K. 2006. The influence of a primer pheromone on biogenic amines and nestmate recognition in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. XV Congress IUSSI proceedings; Washington, D.C.; July 30 - August 4, 2006

2005

Graham, L. C., R. K. Vander Meer, K. E. Ward, R. N. Ward, and V. E. Bertagnolli. 2005. Distribution of imported fire ant population in Alabama. Annual Red Imported Fire Ant Conference, 22-24 March, 2005, Gulfport, Mississippi, p. 219-221.

Vander Meer, R. K., R. M. Pereira, S. D. Porter, S. M. Valles, and D. H. Oi. 2005. Areawide suppression of invasive fire ant populations, pp. 78-79, Proceedings of the 2nd FAO /IAEA International Conference on Area-wide Pest Management. Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. A. Preston, and G. N. Fritz. 2005. Prevalence of Thelohania solenopsae infected Solenopsis invicta newly mated newly mated queens within areas of differing social form distributions. Gulfport, MS

2004

Preston, C. A., and R. K. Vander Meer. 2004. The Solenopsis invicta alarm pheromone. Annual Red Imported Fire Ant Conference, 21-23 March 2004, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, p. 181-182.

Vander Meer, R. K., and C. A. Preston. 2004. Multiple functions of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, alarm pheromone. International Soc. of Chem. Ecol. 20thAnnual Mtg and Phytochemical Soc of NorthAmer. 39thAnnual Mtg; Univ. of Ottawa, Canada; July 24 to 28, 2004; p. 38.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. A. Preston, D. Cataldo, J. D. Cornelius, and C. Pekins. 2004. Fire ant repellants: protection of black-capped vireos from fire ant predation. Annual Red Imported Fire Ant Conference, 21-23 March 2004, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, p. 183.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. A. Preston, and A. Hefetz. 2004. Aggression, Primer Pheromone, and biologicalAmines. Annual Red Imported Fire Ant Conference, 21-23 March, 2004, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, p. 179-180.

2003

Vander Meer, R. K., and C. A. Preston. 2003. Claustral founding by multiple newly mated queens of mixed social forms. Annual Red Imported Fire Ant Conference, Palm Springs, CA, March 30- April 1, 2003

2002

Vander Meer, R. K. 2002. Semiochemicals and communication on social systems: future directions. XIV International congress of IUSSI; The Golden Jubilee Proceedings; Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan; July 27 - August 3, 2002.

Vander Meer, R. K., and G. N. Fritz. 2002. Sympatry of fire ant polygyne and monogyne social forms. Proc. 2002 Imported Fire Ant Conference; Athens, GA; March 24-26, 2002: 5-9

Vander Meer, R. K., and S. D. Porter. 2002. Fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, worker alarm pheromones attract Pseudacteon phorid flies. Proceedings of the 2002 Imported Fire Ant Conference, Athens, GA, pp. 77-80.

2001

Anderson, J. B., and R. K. Vander Meer. 2001. Experimental evidence against cuticular hydrocarbons as nestmate recognition cues in the fire ant Solenopsis Invicta. Proc. 2001 Annual Imported Fire Ant Research Conf., San Antonio, TX; February 28 - March 2, 2001: 69-70

Burns, S. N., R. K. Vander Meer, J. T. Vogt, J. L. Nation, and P. E. A. Teal. 2001. Evidence of the importance of juvenile hormone for flight in Solenopsis invicta female alates and the influence of mating in post-nuptial flight dealation. Proc. 2001 Annual Imported Fire Ant Research Conf., San Antonio, TX; February 28 - March 2, 2001, p. 171.

Vander Meer, R. K., and L. E. Alonso. 2001. Powerful queen influence on conspecific fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, aggression. Proc. 2001 Annual Imported Fire Ant Research Conf., San Antonio, TX; February 28 - March 2, 2001, p. 51.

Vander Meer, R. K., L. E. Alonso, and J. Anderson. 2001. Adoption of polygyne-derived newly mated queens by queenless monogyne and polygyne Solenopsis invicta colonies. Proc. 2001 Annual Imported Fire Ant Research Conf., San Antonio, TX; February 28 - March 2, 2001, p. 50.

Vander Meer, R. K., and S. D. Porter. 2001. Potential applications of the response of phorid flies to fire ant semiochemicals. Proc. 2001 Annual Imported Fire Ant Research Conf., San Antonio, TX; February 28 - March 2, 2001: 33

1999

Burns, S. N., R. K. Vander Meer, P. E. A. Teal, and J. L. Nation. 1999. Effects of topical juvenile hormone and precocene treatments on sexually mature Solenopsis invicta female alates and the comparison of the rates of dealation of alates of different ages. Proc. XIII International Congress of IUSSI, 1/3/99; 89

Johnson, C. A., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1999. Eggs of the slave-maker ant Polyergus breviceps and their host species (Formica ganva & Formica occulta): Do they elicit brood tending behaviors from heterospecific workers? Proc. XIII International Congress of IUSSI, 1/3/99; 234

Soroker, V., S. Lahav, D. Fresneau, R. K. Vander Meer, and A. Hefetz. 1999. The postpharyngeal gland hydrocarbons and the evolution of behavioral modalities for obtaining a uniform colony odor in ants. Proc. XIII International Congress of IUSSI, 1/3/99; 451

Vander Meer, R. K. 1999. The influence of the queen on conspecific recognition of workers and female sexuals. Proc. XIII International Congress of IUSSI, 1/3/99; 485

Vander Meer, R. K. 1999. Behavior modification of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta: past and furture. Proc. XIII International Congress of IUSSI, 1/3/99; 486

Vander Meer, R. K. 1999. Bait treatment of fire ants and acceptance of newly-mated queens: A comparison of hydramenthylnon, fenoxycarb, and avermectin. 1999 Imported Fire Ant Conference; Charleston, South Carolina, March 3-5, 1999; p. 91.

Vander Meer, R. K., and R. G. Shatters. 1999. The effect of fire ants on soybean germination and growth. 1999 Imported Fire Ant Conference; Charleston, South Carolina, March 3-5, 1999; p. 90.

Vander Meer, R. K., T. J. Slowik, and H. G. Thorvilson. 1999. Semiochemicals released by electrically-shocked red imported fire ants. 1999 Imported Fire Ant Conference; Charleston, South Carolina, March 3-5, 1999; p. 92.

1998

Vander Meer, R. K., and L. E. Alonso. 1998. Adoption of newly mated queens: what are the consequences for control. Proc. of the Imported Fire Ant Research Conference, April 1998 p. 120.

Vander Meer, R. K., and L. E. Alonso. 1998. Newly mated queen adoption and polygyny. Proc. of the Imported Fire Ant Research Conference, April 1998, p. 118.

Vander Meer, R. K., and R. G. Shatters. 1998. The effect of fire ants on soybean germination and growth. Tenth International Symposium on Insect-Plant Relationships; July 4-11, 1998; Oxford; p. 62.

1997

Vander Meer, R. K. 1997. The chemical ecology of fire ants: glandular, chemical, and behavioral parsimony, pp. 119-120. In E. D. Morgan and G. Sicard [eds.], Chemical communication in vertebrates and invertebrates: evolution, function, and perception of communication substances and evoked responses = La communication chimique chex les vertétbrés et les invertétbrés: évolution, fonction et perception des substances communicatives et réponses évoquées. C.N.R.S. - Conference Jaques Monod.

1996

Haeussner, E. L., R. K. Vander Meer, and P. T. Cardeilhac. 1996. Effects of alligator egg yolk long-chain fatty acids on growth performance of hatchlings. Proc. of International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, Chattanooga, Tennessee; May 1996; p. 77-82

Vander Meer, R. K. 1996. Pheromone enhanced baits for pest ant control: Current status and future prospects, pp. 531-539. In K. B. Wildey [ed.], Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on insect pests in the urban environment. BPCC Wheatons Ltd., Exeter, 640 p.

Vander Meer, R. K., and L. E. Alonso. 1996. Fire ant alarm pheromones. Proc. for the 1996 Imported Fire Ant Conf., April 16-18, 1996, New Orleans, LA.; p. 9-11

1995

Tennant de Alonso, L. E., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1995. Source of alate alarm pheromones in Solenopsis invicta. Proc. of the 1995 Fire Ant Conference, San Antonio, TX, May 2-4, 1995, p 33

Vander Meer, R. K., G. L. Hehman, A. F. Cockburn, and J. A. Seawright. 1995. Research on the molecular biology of fire ants. Proc. of the 1995 Fire Ant Conference, San Antonio, TX, May 2-4, 1995, p 90

Vander Meer, R. K., and J. A. Seawright. 1995. Development of pheromone enhanced baits and other technology transfer activities. Proc. of the 1995 Fire Ant Conference, San Antonio, TX, May 2-4, 1995, p 179

1994

MacLean, P. K., R. K. Vander Meer, T. E. Ruch, W. N. Starner, and A. R. Quisumbing. 1994. Imported fire ant repellents: Parameters affecting their release from laminated polymeric dispensers, pp. 118-119. In R. H. Guy and J. P. Marty [eds.], Proceedings of the 21st international symposium on controlled release of bioactive materials. Controlled Release Society, Inc.

Millstein, S. R., R. K. Vander Meer, E. M. Schoenagle, and P. T. Cardeilhac. 1994. Dietary therapy for egg fertility in the american alligator: an evaluation by determining fatty acid profiles of egg yolk. IAAAM Proceedings, 25th Annual IAAAM Conference, Marine World/Africa USA, p. 10-15.

Vander Meer, R. K. 1994. Pheromone enhancement of efficacy and specificity of pest social insect baits. Proc. Jacques Monod Conf., Aussois, France, Oct. 10-14,1994

Vander Meer, R. K. 1994. Attractants, repellents, and pheromones: innovative control of pest ant populations, pp. 536. In A. Lenoir, G. Arnold and M. Lepage [eds.], Les Insectes Sociaux. 12th Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Paris, Sorbonne, 21-27 August 1994. Université Paris Nord, Paris.

1993

Vander Meer, R. K. 1993. Reflections of a chemist on ant social behavior. 14th Meeting Deutsch. sektion IUSSI, p. 14-15

Vander Meer, R. K., and J. A. Seawright. 1993. Fire ant orientation, repellents and bait enhancement with pheromones. Proc. of Fire Ant Conf., Charleston, SC, p. 67

Vander Meer, R. K., and J. A. Seawright. 1993. Repellent activity of interspecific ant alarm pheromones against Solenopsis invicta, the red imported fire ant. Proc. 10th Annual ISCE Meeting, p. 82

Vander Meer, R. K., J. A. Seawright, and W. A. Banks. 1993. The use of repellents for area exclusion of pest ants, pp. 494. In K. B. Wildey and W. H. Robinson [eds.], Proceedings of the 1st international conference on insect pests in the urban environment. BPCC Wheatons Ltd., Exeter, 498 p.

Waller, D. A., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1993. Biochemical identification of fire ants in Virginia. ASB (Assoc. Southeast. Biol.) Bull. 40(2): 88.

1992

Vander Meer, R. K. 1992. Individual and colony level fire ant variation in responsiveness. Annual Fire Ant Conference, May 1992, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Vander Meer, R. K. 1992. Repellents as controlling agents for pest ants. Division of Agrochemicals, Special Conference V

1991

Vander Meer, R. K., and R. S. Patterson. 1991. Fire ant species-specific baits and repellents. Proc. IFA Res. Conf., pp. 56-58

1990

Vander Meer, R. K. 1990. Future control strategies: Fire ant pheromones, pp. 280-281. In G. K. Veeresh, B. Mallik and C. A. Viraktamath [eds.], Social insects and the environment. Oxford & IBH Publ. Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India. 765 p.

Vander Meer, R. K., K. Jaffe, and A. Cedeno. 1990. Preface, pp. xiii-xiv. In R. K. Vander Meer, K. Jaffe and A. Cedeno [eds.], Applied Myrmecology: a world perspective. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 741 p.

Vander Meer, R. K., M. S. Obin, and L. Morel. 1990. Nestmate recognition in monogyne and polygyne populations of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren, pp. 404-405. In G. K. Veeresh, B. Mallik and C. A. Viraktamath [eds.], Social insects and the environment. Oxford & IBH Publ. Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India. 765 p.

1989

Hoffman, D. R., M. W. Guralnick, R. K. Vander Meer, and A. M. Smith. 1989. Comparison of venom allergens from two species of imported fire ants. J. Aller. Clin. Immunol. 83: 232.

Storey, G. K., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1989. Chemical defenses of the imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, against infection by the fungal pathogen, Beauveria bassiana. 6th Ann. Meeting Int. Soc. of Chem. Ecol., August 7-11, 1989, 37

Vander Meer, R. K. 1989. Fire ant chemistry: 1988. 1989 Proc. IFA Res. Conf., p. 58-63

Vander Meer, R. K. 1989. The application of recruitment and queen pheromones to the control of fire ants. 32nd IUPAC Congress, Stockholm 2-7 Aug 1989, 69

Vander Meer, R. K., and C. S. Lofgren. 1989. The use of pheromones and other attractants in monitoring populations of S. invicta, a pest ant in the United States. Bull. SROP / WPRS Bull. 12: 96-97.

Vander Meer, R. K., and E. M. Meridinger. 1989. Fire ant carbohydrate phagostimulants: Laboratory and practical studies. 9th Nat. Cong. Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania, Sept. 28-30 1989, 246-247

Vander Meer, R. K., S. K. Narang, S. Toniolo, and R. S. Patterson. 1989. Biochemical and genetic characterization of fire ant populations in the United States and South America. Proc. Intl. Symp. on Molecular Insect Science, p. 117

Vander Meer, R. K., and D. P. Wojcik. 1989. Parasite and host ant interactions: The chemical ecology of parasite integration. Proc. 6th annual Meeting of the International Society of Chemical Ecology, p. 47. (Abstract.)

1988

Jouvenaz, D. P., R. K. Vander Meer, and D. P. Wojcik. 1988. Chemical mimicry in a parasitoid, Orasema spp., (Hymenoptera: Eucharitidae) of fire ants. P. 243 in: XVIII International Congress of Entomology. Vancouver, B. C.; Canada, July 3-9, 1988. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Entomology, Abstract Volume.

Lofgren, C. S., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1988. Solenopsis invicta /S. richteri hybrids: their occurrence in time and space in the United States. P. 243 in: XVIII International Congress of Entomology. Vancouver, B. C.; Canada, July 3-9, 1988. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Entomology, Abstract Volume.

Vander Meer, R. K. 1988. Hybridization problem (United States). Proc. 1988 Imported Fire Ant Conf., 25-33

Vander Meer, R. K. 1988. Behavioral and chemical hierarchy in the recruitment of fire ants: species-specificity and population dynamics. P. 232 in: XVIII International Congress of Entomology. Vancouver, B. C.; Canada, July 3-9, 1988. Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Entomology, Abstract Volume.

Vander Meer, R. K., D. P. Wojcik, and D. P. Jouvenaz. 1988. Chemical differentiation of cryptic fire ant species? Proc. 5th annual Meeting of the International Society of Chemical Ecology, p. 55.

1987

Davis, L. R., R. K. Vander Meer, D. P. Jouvenaz, and D. P. Wojcik. 1987. A comparison of the volatiles from a parasitoid wasp (Orasema sp., Eucharitidae) and its ant host (Solenopsis invicta, Formicidae). Proc. 4th Ann. Meet. Int. Soc. Chem. Ecol., p. 18

Morel, L., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1987. The role of environment-derived cues in nestmate recognition in red carpenter ant workers. 4th Ann. Meeting Int. Soc. Chem. Ecol., p. 33

Morel, L., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1987. Nestmate recognition in Camponotus floridanus: behavioral and chemical evidence for the role of age and social experience, pp. 471-472. In J. Eder and H. Rembold [eds.], Chemistry and biology of social insects (Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Munich, 1986). Verlag J. Peperny, Munich.

Vander Meer, R. K. 1987. Recent chemical studies on fire ants. Proc. 1987 Imported Fire Conf., 49

Vander Meer, R. K. 1987. The fire ant sting apparatus: A case of harmonious parsimony, pp. 449-450. In J. Eder and H. Rembold [eds.], Chemistry and biology of social insects. Verlag J. Peperny, München. 757 p.

Vander Meer, R. K. 1987. Fire ant foraging behavior: a multiplicity of strategies and mechanisms, pp. 541. In J. Eder and H. Rembold [eds.], Chemistry and biology of social insects. Verlag J. Peperny, München. 757 p.

Vander Meer, R. K., and C. S. Lofgren. 1987. The use of chemical characters in defining populations of fire ants in the United States and South America. 4th Ann. Meeting Int. Soc. Chem. Ecol., p. 36

1986

Obin, M. S., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1986. Dietary effects on nestmate recognition cues in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta Buren (Formicidae: Myrmicinae). 3rd Ann. Meeting of Int. Soc. of Chem. Ecol., Univ. of Calif., June 21-24, 1986, 31

Vander Meer, R. K. 1986. Recent chemical studies on the imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta and S. richteri. Proc. 1986 Imported Fire Ant Conf., 1

Vander Meer, R. K. 1986. The fire ant sting apparatus: a case of harmonious parsimony. Abstr. 10th Inter. Congr. IUSSI, p. 141

Vander Meer, R. K. 1986. Fire ant foraging behavior: a multiplicity of strategies and mechanisms. Abstracts of the 10th International Congress IUSSI, p. 172.

1985

Vander Meer, R. K., M. S. Obin, and R. C. Richmond. 1985. A re-assessment of the role of cis-vaccenyl acetate, cis-vaccenyl alcohol and Esterase 6 in the regulation of mated female attractiveness in Drosophila melanogaster. Behav. Genet. 15: 613.

1984

Alvarez, F. M., R. K. Vander Meer, and C. S. Lofgren. 1984. Isolation of the recruitment pheromones of Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri. Proc. 1984 Imported Fire Ant Conf., 163-178

Bosworth, J., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1984. Colony founding minims: a new Solenopsis invicta caste. Proc. Fire Ant Conf., pp. 93-105

Obin, M. S., and R. K. Vander Meer. 1984. Venom disperal in Solenopsis: Functional correlates of insecticidal and antibiotic properties of venom alkaloids. Proc. Imported Fire Ant Conf., p. 74

Vander Meer, R. K. 1984. Recent discoveries in fire ant chemistry, physiology, and behavior. Proc. 1984 Imported Fire Ant Conf., pp. 13-24

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, and D. F. Williams. 1984. Fluorinated Sulfonamides: a new class of delayed action insecticides. Proc. Imported Fire Ant Conf., pp. 28-39

1982

Vander Meer, R. K., and C. S. Lofgren. 1982. A brief review of fire ant pheromones. Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the IUSSI, Boulder, Colorado, August, 1982, Suppl. 1, p. 8.

Vander Meer, R. K., C. S. Lofgren, B. M. Glancey, and D. F. Williams. 1982. The trail pheromone of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, chemistry, behavior and potential for control, pp. 333. In M. D. Breed, C. D. Michener and H. E. Evans [eds.], The biology of social insects. Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the IUSSI, Boulder, Colorado, August, 1982. Westview Press, Boulder, CO. 419 p.


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