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[Ant Control Issue] March of the Asian Needle Ant - PCT - Pest Control Technology

[Ant Control Issue] March of the Asian Needle Ant - PCT - Pest Control Technology | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that the invasive Argentine ant may have met its match in the form of another invasive ant species — the Asian needle ant.
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Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice and Dr. Jules Silverman made the discovery. Dr. Silverman notes that if the Asian needle ants are successful in displacing the Argentine ant, then it could be the next major invasive species. No other ant has competed with the Argentine ant ... until now.  Read more  | http://www.pctonline.com/pct0413-asian-needle-ant.aspx

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NC Small Fruit & Specialty Crop IPM: Kudzu bugs on caneberries?

NC Small Fruit & Specialty Crop IPM: Kudzu bugs on caneberries? | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Photo: Kudzu bugs on raspberry plants at the Piedmont Research Station, Salisbury, NC

 

"My Monday morning  began with two phone calls about the same thing: kudzu bugs on caneberries.  Both calls came from western North Carolina, but kudzu bugs are widespread throughout the southeast.  See here for a map of kudzu bug distribution from the Megacoptera Working Group.  Kudzu bugs (Megacoptera criberia) are yet another invasive species from eastern Asia that has been detected in the southeastern US in recent years.  Kudzu bugs appear to specialize on legumes, including cultivated beans and kudzu, and can cause cause economic damage to soybeans.  My NC State Entomology colleague, Dominic Reisig, has published extensive information on kudzu bug at his blog.  Interestingly, both caneberry sites that prompted my morning calls were also near soybeans."

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NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Find Asian Needle Ants Displacing Other Aggressive Invaders

NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Find Asian Needle Ants Displacing Other Aggressive Invaders | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Photo of Asian needle ant stinging a termite courtesy of Benoit Guenard.

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CALS researchers find that one of the most aggressive invasive ant species in the US, the Argentine ant, appears to have met its match in the Asian needle ant. Former NC State PhD student Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice & Dr. Jules Silverman, Entomology, published their findings in PLoS One:

 

http://scienceblog.com/59643/asian-needle-ants-displacing-other-aggressive-invaders/ ;

 

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0056281

 

 

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Lansing warns of emerald ash borer

Lansing warns of emerald ash borer | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Lansing city officials are warning local residents to be on the lookout for evidence of the emerald ash borer."

 

State & USDA officials have identified the invasive insect pest for the first time in Kansas, in Wyandotte County on Aug. 29.

 

The insect is spreading in the US and poses a serious mortality threat to ash trees.

 

Photo of mature adult emerald ash borers emerging from tree bark: US Forest Service

 

 

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