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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fire Ant's U.S. Origins

Fire ants are a perfect example of how invasive species are inadvertently introduced and spread.

Nine to 20 Individual Fire Ant Queens Started U.S. Fire Ant Population

By Sharon Durham
July 30 , 2008

The current U.S. population of red imported fire ants--which infest millions of acres across the southern states--can be traced back to nine to 20 queens in Mobile, Ala.

That's according to a genetic study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) entomologist D. DeWayne Shoemaker and University of Georgia entomologist Kenneth G. Ross. The results are reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences.

The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), native to South America, is a...(complete news release here).

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