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Research Project: Natural Products for Controlling Invasive Ants

Location: Biological Control of Pests Research

Project Number: 6066-22320-009-01-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jan 15, 2016
End Date: Jan 14, 2020

Objective:
Search for new toxins and repellants from ant defensive secretions and develop fire ant control products using identified compounds.

Approach:
Native ants in China which show strong competition with the red imported fire ants will be identified and their defensive secretions will be collected. The toxicity and repellecy of ant defensive compounds will be investigated and the active compounds will be isolated and identified. New fire ant control products will be developed using identified active compounds.