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

ntly found that tawny crazy ants are reducing the diversity and abundance of ant and arthropod species in some Gulf Coast areas, threatening the stability of the ecosystem as a whole.

Researchers affiliated with the Texas Invasive Species program include Rob Plowes and Ed LeBrun, research scientists in the ant group at BFL; Patricia Folgarait, a collaborator from the National University of Quilmes in Argentina; and microbial ecologist Christine Hawkes, an associate professor of integrative biology at The University of Texas at Austin. The Bass funding will also involve collaboration with Kenyan scientists and continued work in Argentina.

Gilbert stresses that the work that he and his fellow researchers conduct would not be possible without the help of donors and the many landowners who have provided access to their properties for research.

"We would not be in this position without the ongoing support from the Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation and past long-term support of the Robert J. Kleberg and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation," said Gilbert. "These are family foundations whose members have strong involvement with ranching, wildlife and private conservation efforts and share our group's interest in protecting the biodiversity of Texas through sustainable control and management of problem invasive species."


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