Topic: Invasive species

Crazy Ants Dominate Fire Ants By Neutralizing Their Venom

Feb. 13, 2014

Invasive "crazy ants" are rapidly displacing fire ants in areas across the southeastern U.S. by secreting a compound that neutralizes fire ant venom, according to a University of Texas at Austin study published this week in the journalĀ Science Express. It's the first known example of an insect with the ability to detoxify another insect's venom.

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UT Austin Establishes Texas Invasive Species Program with $2.7 Million from Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation

July 15, 2013

To combat and manage pesky invasive species such as fire ants, tawny crazy ants and Cactoblastis moths, the Texas Invasive Species Program has been established at The University of Texas at Austin with $2.7 million in support from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation.

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Fighting Invasive Species, Zombie Style

June 1, 2012
Fighting Invasive Species, Zombie Style

The history of how red imported fire ants came to North America has a destructive end. Every year the non-native ants cause more than $1 billion of impact in Texas alone.

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Biocontrol of Invasive Cane Grass Investigated by Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and USDA

July 15, 2008

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to investigate biological control for an invasive cane grass that is choking waterways across North America.

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