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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Natural Products for Controlling Red Imported Fire Ants

Location: Biological Control of Pests Research Unit

2013 Annual Report

1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Develop new fire ant control products using new and existing toxicants and behavior modifying compounds.

1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Identifying active compounds from plants and other natural materials in South China, which are potentially useful in managing fire ants in the United States.

3.Progress Report:

Tropical fire ant is a significant competitor to the imported fire ants. They use toxic alkaloids in their competition with imported fire ants. The defensive compounds of tropical fire ants can be a source of potential new natural chemicals for controlling fire ants. Tropical fire ants were collected from China and the profile of their defensive chemicals has been analyzed. GHA is a strain name.

Last Modified: 12/1/2015
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