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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Survey of Imported Fire Ant Populations in Mississippi

Authors
item Streett, Douglas
item Freeland, Thomas - MS.STATE UNIV.,STONEVILLE
item Vander Meer, Robert

Submitted to: Imported Fire Ants Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: August 20, 2002
Publication Date: March 24, 2002
Citation: STREETT, D.A., FREELAND, T.B., VANDER MEER, R.K. SURVEY OF IMPORTED FIRE ANT POPULATIONS IN MISSISSIPPI. IMPORTED FIRE ANTS CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. 2002. P.135-137.

Interpretive Summary: Novel control strategies using biological control agents are currently being implemented in Mississippi. In many cases, these biological control strategies are host specific, so the distribution of fire ant populations in Mississippi will prove critical in the development and implementation of area-wide programs to control imported fire ants. The distribution of the red and black imported fire ant, and their hybrid ant populations, were determined for Mississippi.

Technical Abstract: This study determined the distribution of the red and black imported fire ant, and their hybrid ant populations in Mississippi. The range of hybrid populations was found to extend to fifteen counties in Mississippi. Biological control strategies can be species specific, so the distribution of these fire ant populations in Mississippi will prove critical in the development of area-wide programs to control imported fire ants in Mississippi.

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