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Texas Invasive Species Program established at UT Austin
Date:7/15/2013

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.

The six-year grant will enable researchers at the College of Natural Sciences' Brackenridge Field Laboratory (BFL) to study the basic biology of exotic invasive pests in their native lands and seek novel and sustainable approaches to countering problem organisms that threaten biodiversity in the central and southern parts of Texas.

"I consider an invasive species program to be the ecological equivalent to a cancer research center in biomedicine," said Larry Gilbert, professor of integrative biology and director of BFL. "In a planet whose ecosystems are increasingly stressed by human activity and invaded by nonnative species, the conservation of biodiversity requires understanding how to manage ecosystems in the face of these realities."

The new program builds on previous work by the Texas Fire Ant Lab to study the potential for natural biocontrols of the invasive fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. Gilbert and his colleagues have been studying parasitic phorid flies (Pseudacteon sp.) from the ant's native range in South America for more than two decades. The flies kill the ants and disrupt their food foraging, which makes the ants less efficient and improves the competitiveness of native ant species.

The researchers will also study other current and future invasive species, such as the Cactoblastis moth from Argentina, which feeds on native prickly pear cacti; Buffelgrass, an African grass that is crowding out native plants and affecting wildlife; and the tawny crazy ant, a recent invader from South America that is capable of reaching incredible densities and has even been found to displace fire ants.

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Contact: Larry Gilbert
lgilbert@austin.utexas.edu
512-471-4705
University of Texas at Austin
Source:Eurekalert

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