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The Zombie-Ant Fungus Is Under Attack, Research Reveals
2012-05-03 06:23:50

A parasite that fights the zombie-ant fungus has yielded some of its secrets to an international research team led by David Hughes of Penn State University. The research reveals, for the first time, how an entire ant colony is able to survive infestations by the zombie-ant fungus, which invades an ant's brain and causes it to march to its death at a mass grave near the ant colony, where the fungus spores erupt out of the ant's head. "In a case where biology is stranger than fiction, the...

2012-05-01 23:03:39

Campaign includes Homeowner Rebate, Parent Tool Kit, and Schools and Parks Savings Program Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) May 01, 2012 Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, is helping maintain healthy homes and communities by educating homeowners, parents, and groundskeepers for schools and parks about the importance of fire ant prevention with the launch of the TopChoice® Fire Ant Prevention Campaign. As a part of the effort, a Homeowner Rebate, Parent Tool Kit...

2012-02-21 15:00:00

Free Marketing Kit and Special Savings Now Available Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) February 21, 2012 Just in time for fire ant season, Bayer Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, announces the launch of its TopChoice® Fire Ant Prevention Campaign to support lawn care and pest management professionals in educating homeowners and groundskeepers about the importance of fire ant prevention. "At Bayer, we believe that the best way to treat fire ant bites is to...

2011-07-01 00:17:45

If It's Summer, It's Time for Carpenter Ants. July is the month of peak activity for carpenter ants. These ants are known to forage up to 100 yards, establishing colonies inside your home. Carpenter ants seek out moist, decaying wood to establish and expand their nest. Homeowners can take proactive steps to remove the likelihood of an infestation. But if there is an infestation,contact contact a pest control professional immediately. Otherwise, the colony will continue to expand and...

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2011-02-25 08:15:00

New research from the University of Florida has found that red fire ant invasions around the world in recent years can now be traced to the southern United States, where the insect gained a troublesome foothold in the 1930s. Native to South America, the ant has been believed to be contained there and in the southeastern US, before turning up in far off place over the past two decades. Genetic tests on ants in California, China, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand has traced them back to...

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2010-08-27 06:45:00

Research may help unlock the mysteries of human aging and behaviorScientists have finally sequenced the entire genome of an ant, actually two very different species of ant, and the insights gleaned from their genetic blueprints are already yielding tantalizing clues to the extraordinary social behavior of ants.A result of a ground-breaking collaborative research project led by Danny Reinberg, PhD, professor of biochemistry at NYU Langone Medical Center and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute...

2009-07-01 13:35:00

SAVANNAH, Ga., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- For some 60 years, fire ants have expanded relentlessly throughout the southern and southwestern United States. They sting relentlessly, too: first biting the victim's skin with their mandibles (mouth parts), then holding on tight and sting from their bottoms. They then often pivot around and continue to sting in circles, causing burning pain and excruciating itch to their victims, many of whom are children. Fire ant venom includes a potent alkaloid...

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2009-05-30 05:45:00

The prestigious Smithsonian Museum has been overrun with insects. A brand new exhibit, "Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants," debuts Saturday at the National Museum of Natural History and is open through Oct. 10. The display will include a living leaf-cutter ant colony from Ted Schultz, the museum's curator of ants. Also on display is a 6-foot-tall cast of an ant colony collected by Walter Tschinkel, a student of ant-nest architecture at Florida State University. There will...

2009-05-12 19:41:27

Four species of tiny flies that lay eggs in fire ants have been imported into Texas in an effort to reduce the numbers of the stinging invaders. The phorid flies effectively turn fire ants into zombies, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported Tuesday. The egg that hatches in a fire ant produces a maggot that eats the ant's brain, researchers at Texas A&M and the University of Texas say. It's a tool -- they're not going to completely wipe out the fire ant, but it's a way to control...

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2008-04-08 08:45:00

New study shows the age of victims determines how fire ants respond to aggressorsPretending to be dead is an effective self-defense strategy adopted by young fire ant workers under attack from neighboring colonies. This tactic makes them four times more likely to survive aggression than older workers who fight back. As a result, these young workers are able to contribute to brood care and colony growth to ensure the survival and fitness of their queen. These findings by Dr. Deby Cassill from...


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2005-08-25 08:18:19

Fire ants are stinging ants of the genus Solenopsis, of which there are 266 species. They include Solenopsis invicta, commonly known as Red imported fire ant (RIFA). Each colony produces large mounds in open areas, and feeds on young plants and seeds. Solenopsis often attacks young animals and can kill them. For humans it has a painful sting - hence the name fire ant - and the aftereffects of the sting are deadly to some individuals. The worker ants are blackish to reddish and vary from...

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