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Research Project: Production and Deployment of Natural Enemies for Biological Control of Arthropod Pests

Location: Biological Control of Pests Research

Title: The hurdles of biological control of the red Imported Fire Ant: Part 2.

item Rojas, Maria - Guadalupe
item Elliott, Robert
item Chen, Jian
item Grodowitz, Michael
item Allen, Margaret - Meg
item Morales Ramos, Juan

Submitted to: Adjacent Government UK Magazine
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/25/2016
Publication Date: 5/10/2016
Citation: Rojas, M.G., Elliott, R.B., Chen, J., Grodowitz, M.J., Allen, M.L., Morales Ramos, J.A. 2016. The hurdles of biological control of the red Imported Fire Ant: Part 2.. Adjacent Government UK Magazine. 10:246-247.

Interpretive Summary: Biological control relays on the use or natural enemies to reduce and manage populations which can be an alternative to pesticides for reducing agricultural losses due to arthropod pests. Fire ants are social insects which is one of the reasons that they have developed efficient defense mechanisms against predators and diseases.

Technical Abstract: This article continues outlining the importance of fire ants and the difficulties on the use of biological control to reduce their infestations.