Location: Biological Control of Pests ResearchTitle: Targets for genetic control of invasive ants
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/13/2019
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The "ideal pesticide" removes the target pest without harming other living things or leaving a toxic residue. Genetic pesticides based on specific genes present only in a target pest could approach the description of "ideal" if they work. To identify potential genes for controlling invasive fire ants, transcriptomes of larva and pupa (juvenile) forms of the red imported fire ant were compared. Dramatic differences in gene expression were indicated. Hundreds of candidate target genes may now be tested.