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L Chifflet, M S Rodriguero, L A Calcaterra, O Rey, P A Dinghi, F B Baccaro, J L P Souza, P Follett, V A Confalonieri
The evolutionary history of invasive species within their native range may involve key processes that allow them to colonize new habitats. Therefore, phylogeographic studies of invasive species within their native ranges are useful to understand invasion biology in an evolutionary context. Here we integrated classical and Bayesian phylogeographic methods using mitochondrial and nuclear DNA markers with a palaeodistribution modelling approach, to infer the phylogeographic history of the invasive ant Wasmannia auropunctata across its native distribution in South America...
April 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26254063/fatty-amines-from-little-black-ants-monomorium-minimum-and-their-biological-activities-against-red-imported-fire-ants-solenopsis-invicta
#2
Lei Wang, Jian Chen
Red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta, are significant invasive pests. Certain native ant species can compete with S. invicta, such as the little black ant, Monomorium minimum. Defensive secretions may contribute to the competition capacity of native ants. The chemistry of ant defensive secretions in the genus Monomorium has been subjected to extensive research. The insecticidal alkaloids, 2,5-dialkyl-pyrrolidines and 2,5-dialkyl-pyrrolines have been reported to dominate the venom of M. minimum. In this study, analysis of defensive secretions of workers and queens of M...
August 2015: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25801787/males-are-here-to-stay-fertilization-enhances-viable-egg-production-by-clonal-queens-of-the-little-fire-ant-wasmannia-auropunctata
#3
Misato O Miyakawa, Alexander S Mikheyev
Evolution of reproduction strategies is affected by both phylogenetic and physiological constraints. Although clonality may benefit females, it may not be selected if a male contribution is necessary to start egg laying and embryo development. In little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata, sexual populations employ a typical Hymenopteran system of reproduction. In clonal populations, however, queens and males are produced with only maternal and paternal genomes, respectively, whereas sterile workers are produced sexually...
April 2015: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25463845/impact-of-cogongrass-management-strategies-on-generalist-predators-in-cogongrass-infested-longleaf-pine-plantations
#4
Sallie M Sells, David W Held, Stephen F Enloe, Nancy J Loewenstein, Lori G Eckhardt
BACKGROUND: Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica Beav.) is an aggressive, invasive weed with a global distribution. In North America, it threatens the integrity of southeastern pine agroecosystems, including longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.). While studies have examined the impacts of cogongrass and various vegetation management strategies on longleaf pine understory plant communities, little is known about how they impact associated insect communities. To understand the effect of cogongrass management strategies on arthropod natural enemies and bark beetles, a split-plot design was used to test fire (whole-plot) and four subplot treatments (control, herbicide, seeding and herbicide plus seeding)...
March 2015: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25370918/differential-field-responses-of-the-little-fire-ant-wasmannia-auropunctata-roger-to-alarm-pheromone-enantiomers
#5
Yang Yu, Eric B Jang, Matthew S Siderhurst
The little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), is an invasive ant with negative impacts on both biodiversity and agriculture throughout the tropics and subtropics. Field experiments were conducted in order to elucidate the relative attractiveness of the enantiomers of the alarm pheromones, 2,5-dimethyl-3-(2-methylbutyl)pyrazine and 3-methyl-2-(2-methylbutyl)pyrazine. The enantiomers tested were synthesized from commercially available (S)-2-methylbutan-1-ol or kinetically resolved (R)-2-methylbutan-1-ol, prepared using Pseudomonas cepacia lipase (PCL)...
December 2014: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25211290/social-chromosome-variants-differentially-affect-queen-determination-and-the-survival-of-workers-in-the-fire-ant-solenopsis-invicta
#6
Séverine D Buechel, Yanick Wurm, Laurent Keller
Intraspecific variation in social organization is common, yet the underlying causes are rarely known. An exception is the fire ant Solenopsis invicta in which the existence of two distinct forms of social colony organization is under the control of the two variants of a pair of social chromosomes, SB and Sb. Colonies containing exclusively SB/SB workers accept only one single queen and she must be SB/SB. By contrast, when colonies contain more than 10% of SB/Sb workers, they accept several queens but only SB/Sb queens...
October 2014: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/24455159/the-effects-of-fire-on-ant-trophic-assemblage-and-sex-allocation
#7
Stephane Caut, Michael J Jowers, Xavier Arnan, Jessica Pearce-Duvet, Anselm Rodrigo, Xim Cerda, Raphaël R Boulay
Fire plays a key role in ecosystem dynamics worldwide, altering energy flows and species community structure and composition. However, the functional mechanisms underlying these effects are not well understood. Many ground-dwelling animal species can shelter themselves from exposure to heat and therefore rarely suffer direct mortality. However, fire-induced alterations to the environment may change a species' relative trophic level within a food web and its mode of foraging. We assessed how fire could affect ant resource utilization at different scales in a Mediterranean forest...
January 2014: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/24329612/molecular-and-social-regulation-of-worker-division-of-labour-in-fire-ants
#8
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Fabio Manfredini, Christophe Lucas, Michael Nicolas, Laurent Keller, Dewayne Shoemaker, Christina M Grozinger
Reproductive and worker division of labour (DOL) is a hallmark of social insect societies. Despite a long-standing interest in worker DOL, the molecular mechanisms regulating this process have only been investigated in detail in honey bees, and little is known about the regulatory mechanisms operating in other social insects. In the fire ant Solenopsis invicta, one of the most studied ant species, workers are permanently sterile and the tasks performed are modulated by the worker's internal state (age and size) and the outside environment (social environment), which potentially includes the effect of the queen presence through chemical communication via pheromones...
February 2014: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/23690589/climbing-falling-and-jamming-during-ant-locomotion-in-confined-environments
#9
Nick Gravish, Daria Monaenkova, Michael A D Goodisman, Daniel I Goldman
Locomotion emerges from effective interactions of an individual with its environment. Principles of biological terrestrial locomotion have been discovered on unconfined vertical and horizontal substrates. However, a diversity of organisms construct, inhabit, and move within confined spaces. Such animals are faced with locomotor challenges including limited limb range of motion, crowding, and visual sensory deprivation. Little is known about how these organisms accomplish their locomotor tasks, and such environments challenge human-made devices...
June 11, 2013: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/23527263/fermat-s-principle-of-least-time-predicts-refraction-of-ant-trails-at-substrate-borders
#10
Jan Oettler, Volker S Schmid, Niko Zankl, Olivier Rey, Andreas Dress, Jürgen Heinze
Fermat's principle of least time states that light rays passing through different media follow the fastest (and not the most direct) path between two points, leading to refraction at medium borders. Humans intuitively employ this rule, e.g., when a lifeguard has to infer the fastest way to traverse both beach and water to reach a swimmer in need. Here, we tested whether foraging ants also follow Fermat's principle when forced to travel on two surfaces that differentially affected the ants' walking speed. Workers of the little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata, established "refracted" pheromone trails to a food source...
2013: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/23505512/distribution-of-endosymbiotic-reproductive-manipulators-reflects-invasion-process-and-not-reproductive-system-polymorphism-in-the-little-fire-ant-wasmannia-auropunctata
#11
Olivier Rey, Arnaud Estoup, Benoit Facon, Anne Loiseau, Alexandre Aebi, Olivier Duron, Fabrice Vavre, Julien Foucaud
Endosymbiotic reproductive manipulators may have drastic effects on the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of their hosts. The prevalence of these endosymbionts reflects both their ability to manipulate their hosts and the history of the host populations. The little fire ant Wasmannia auropunctata displays a polymorphism in both its reproductive system (sexual versus clonal populations) and the invasive status of its populations (associated to a habitat shift). We first screened for the presence of a diverse array of reproductive parasites in sexual and clonal populations of W...
2013: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/23421782/field-trapping-the-little-fire-ant-wasmannia-auropunctata
#12
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Nathan T Derstine, Elisa J Troyer, Caitlyn N Suttles, Leigh A Siderhurst, Eric B Jang, Matthew S Siderhurst
Two detection methods for the little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), both employing the pheromone attractant 2,5-dimethyl-3-(2-methylbutyl)pyrazine (2-MeBu-diMePy), were compared with peanut butter based detection, in order to evaluate differences in species specificity and detection reliability. Trapping was conducted using a transect through a macadamia orchard on the island of Hawaii. The transect consisted of a series of three-tree plots, each plot contained a peanut butter coated stick (the most common detection method used for W...
2012: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/22812117/acute-exposure-to-low-dose-radiation-disrupts-reproduction-and-shortens-survival-of-wasmannia-auropunctata-hymenoptera-formicidae-queens
#13
Luis A Calcaterra, Carolina Coulin, Juan A Briano, Peter A Follett
Irradiation is a postharvest quarantine treatment option to control ants and other hitchhiker pests on fresh horticultural products exported from Hawaii. The radiotolerance of the invasive little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata (Roger) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae), was studied to determine a dose sufficient for its control. Queens from each of five laboratory microcolonies started from five geographic locations in Argentina were irradiated at 20, 50, 70, or 100 Gy or left untreated as controls and then followed for 13 wk to observe colony growth...
June 2012: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/22143788/intercontinental-differences-in-resource-use-reveal-the-importance-of-mutualisms-in-fire-ant-invasions
#14
Shawn M Wilder, David A Holway, Andrew V Suarez, Edward G LeBrun, Micky D Eubanks
Mutualisms play key roles in the functioning of ecosystems. However, reciprocally beneficial interactions that involve introduced species also can enhance invasion success and in doing so compromise ecosystem integrity. For example, the growth and competitive ability of introduced plant species can increase when fungal or microbial associates provide limiting nutrients. Mutualisms also may aid animal invasions, but how such systems may promote invasion success has received relatively little attention. Here we examine how access to food-for-protection mutualisms involving the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) aids the success of this prominent invader...
December 20, 2011: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/21966522/seasonality-directs-contrasting-food-collection-behavior-and-nutrient-regulation-strategies-in-ants
#15
Steven C Cook, Micky D Eubanks, Roger E Gold, Spencer T Behmer
Long-lived animals, including social insects, often display seasonal shifts in foraging behavior. Foraging is ultimately a nutrient consumption exercise, but the effect of seasonality per se on changes in foraging behavior, particularly as it relates to nutrient regulation, is poorly understood. Here, we show that field-collected fire ant colonies, returned to the laboratory and maintained under identical photoperiod, temperature, and humidity regimes, and presented with experimental foods that had different protein (p) to carbohydrate (c) ratios, practice summer- and fall-specific foraging behaviors with respect to protein-carbohydrate regulation...
2011: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/21526927/wolbachia-wsinvictaa-infections-in-natural-populations-of-the-fire-ant-solenopsis-invicta-testing-for-phenotypic-effects
#16
Andrew M Bouwma, Dewayne Shoemaker
Wolbachia are intracellular bacteria that commonly infect many arthropods and some nematodes. In arthropods, these maternally transmitted bacteria often induce a variety of phenotypic effects to enhance their own spread within host populations. Wolbachia phenotypic effects generally either provide benefits to infected host females (cytoplasmic incompatibility, positive fitness effects) or bias host sex ratio in favor of females (male-killing, parthenogenesis, feminization), all of which increase the relative production of infected females in host populations...
2011: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/21459760/meiotic-recombination-dramatically-decreased-in-thelytokous-queens-of-the-little-fire-ant-and-their-sexually-produced-workers
#17
Olivier Rey, Anne Loiseau, Benoit Facon, Julien Foucaud, Jérôme Orivel, Jean-Marie Cornuet, Stéphanie Robert, Gauthier Dobigny, Jacques Hubert Charles Delabie, Cléa Dos Santos Ferreria Mariano, Arnaud Estoup
The little fire ant, Wasmannia auropunctata, displays a peculiar breeding system polymorphism. Classical haplo-diploid sexual reproduction between reproductive individuals occurs in some populations, whereas, in others, queens and males reproduce clonally. Workers are produced sexually and are sterile in both clonal and sexual populations. The evolutionary fate of the clonal lineages depends strongly on the underlying mechanisms allowing reproductive individuals to transmit their genomes to subsequent generations...
September 2011: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/21394518/crab-regulation-of-cross-ecosystem-resource-transfer-by-marine-foraging-fire-ants
#18
Erica A Garcia, Mark D Bertness, Juan Alberti, Brian R Silliman
Permeability of boundaries in biological systems is regulated by biotic and/or abiotic factors. Despite this knowledge, the role of biotic factors in regulating resource transfer across ecosystem boundaries has received little study. Additionally, little is known about how cross-ecosystem resource transfer affects source populations. We used experiments, observations and stable isotopes, to evaluate: (1) the proportion of intertidal-foraging black fire ant (Solenopsis richteri) diet derived from marine sources, (2) how black fire ant cross-ecosystem resource transfer is altered by the dominant bioengineer in the intertidal, a burrowing crab (Neohelice granulata), (3) the top-down impact of these terrestrial ants on a marine resource, and (4) the effect of marine resources on recipient black fire ants...
August 2011: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/21305009/odorant-binding-proteins-of-the-red-imported-fire-ant-solenopsis-invicta-an-example-of-the-problems-facing-the-analysis-of-widely-divergent-proteins
#19
Dietrich Gotzek, Hugh M Robertson, Yannick Wurm, DeWayne Shoemaker
We describe the odorant binding proteins (OBPs) of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, obtained from analyses of an EST library and separate 454 sequencing runs of two normalized cDNA libraries. We identified a total of 18 putative functional OBPs in this ant. A third of the fire ant OBPs are orthologs to honey bee OBPs. Another third of the OBPs belong to a lineage-specific expansion, which is a common feature of insect OBP evolution. Like other OBPs, the different fire ant OBPs share little sequence similarity (∼ 20%), rendering evolutionary analyses difficult...
2011: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/21243351/bacterial-diversity-in-solenopsis-invicta-and-solenopsis-geminata-ant-colonies-characterized-by-16s-amplicon-454-pyrosequencing
#20
Heather D Ishak, Rob Plowes, Ruchira Sen, Katrin Kellner, Eli Meyer, Dora A Estrada, Scot E Dowd, Ulrich G Mueller
Social insects harbor diverse assemblages of bacterial microbes, which may play a crucial role in the success or failure of biological invasions. The invasive fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Formicidae, Hymenoptera) is a model system for understanding the dynamics of invasive social insects and their biological control. However, little is known about microbes as biotic factors influencing the success or failure of ant invasions. This pilot study is the first attempt to characterize and compare microbial communities associated with the introduced S...
May 2011: Microbial Ecology
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