Navigation Links
Fire ants: Their true story told by the scientist who loves them

When it comes to fire ants, most people prefer to wipe the venomous little varmints off the face of the Earth ?or at least out of their own back yards. The reviled South American native that invaded the U.S. Sun Belt via 1940s Mobile, Ala., is known in biology circles as Solenopsis invicta and everywhere else as a painful pest in the grass, so to speak.

Then there's Walter R. Tschinkel.

An ardent fire ant fan and one of its foremost researchers for more than 30 years, Florida State University's Distinguished Research Professor of Biological Sciences is the author of an encyclopedic new tome ?aptly titled "The Fire Ants" ?that peers have called definitive and lay readers are likely to find both engaging and instructive.

In fact, an April 25 review in the New York Times declared, "This is what the public needs to know about science, not just the results presented in the driest form possible."

Throughout 723 anything-but-dry pages, Tschinkel aims to help readers better understand, if not appreciate, both the social biology and ecology of a despised creature and the hows and whys of scientific research. Along the way, he offers rare glimpses into the sometimes maddening lab-and-field lives of "myrmecologists" ?scientists who specialize in the study of ants.

Why fire ants? "It's a no-brainer," he said. "They are wonderful animals. I love them."

Hot off the Harvard University Press in mid-April, "The Fire Ants" features a cover photo of a magnified S. invicta that only a mother or myrmecologist could love, though Tschinkel hopes readers will eventually succumb to its charms. His opening chapter explains that the book was written in part for those "still open-minded enough to be intrigued, charmed, or fascinated."

"The notoriety of pesthood has certainly created a large fire ant folklore and scores of amusing factoids," he writes, though that same notoriety has generated substantial research as well.

From a lis
'"/>

Source:Florida State University


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Drunken elephants: The marula fruit myth
2. The evolution of food plants: Genetic control of grass flower architecture
3. Scientists Propose Sweeping Changes to Naming of Bird Neurosystems to Acknowledge Their True Brainpower
4. Newly Discovered Branding Process Helps Immune System Cells Pick Their Fights
5. Affymetrix and bioMerieux Extend Their Agreement on GeneChip(R) Technology to Breast Cancer Diagnostics
6. Where Bacteria Get Their Genes
7. Leprosy genome tells story of human migrations, French researchers report in Science
8. Can our genes tell the story of our divergence?
9. Divergent life history shapes gene expression in brains of salmon
10. Restaurant seafood prices since 1850s help plot marine harvests through history
11. Finding rewrites the evolutionary history of the origin of potatoes
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Fire ants Their true story told the scientist who loves them

(Date:10/18/2014)... genetic conditions, a certain type of exome sequencing method ... traditional molecular diagnostic methods, according to a study appearing ... to coincide with the American Society of Human Genetics ... region of the genome (the complete set of genes ... has been rapidly applied in research settings and recent ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... body. Battles are won, lost or sometimes end ... as tumor dormancy—can last up to 25 years ... poorly understood. , A new computational model ... Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, may help ... switch to a malignant state. Published today in ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... infections and worldwide claims the lives of 160,000 ... University have succeeded in developing a promising vaccination ... , Xavier Saelens (VIB/UGent): "We discovered a new ... development of a novel approach to vaccination against ... small children and elderly people." , RSV: ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield 2Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield 3Modeling tumor dormancy 2New perspectives for development of an RSV vaccine 2
... With land degradation in dryland regions continuing to ... agreed on scientist-recommended indicators for monitoring and assessing ... The landmark agreement was reached after two weeks ... ministers attending the Ninth Session of the Conference ...
... October 7, 2009 H2 Blocker drugs, such as Famotidine, ... (heartburn), pose no significant risks for the fetus according to ... of the Negev. The study published in the ... safety of the fetus when H2 blocker drugs are ...
... look for clues about therapies and cures for life-threatening ... logical to do so. But the decision as to ... provides a unique ethical conundrum, says a Tel Aviv ... journal Science , co-authored by colleagues from The ...
Cached Biology News:Satellite data instrumental in combating desertification 2Satellite data instrumental in combating desertification 3Heartburn drugs deemed safe for fetuses according to Ben-Gurion University researchers 2Keeping DNA 'all in the family' 2Keeping DNA 'all in the family' 3
(Date:10/20/2014)... 2014 Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ... a Notice of Grant Award (NGA) with the ... 1, 2014.  The NGA provides for the immediate ... of additional grant funds pursuant to the previously ... development of Asterias, product, AST-OPC1. The grant provides ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... -- PureTech , a science and technology ... announced today the closing of a $55 million ... Perpetual, a $120 Billion group of funds. The ... pipeline forward and to advance new healthcare related ... to really go for the big ideas that ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... (PRWEB) October 19, 2014 The Latin ... the market in Latin America with analysis and forecast ... in 2013, and is expected to reach $2,366.8 million ... to 2018. , Browse through the TOC of the ... idea of the in-depth analysis provided. It also provides ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... Asian Automatic patient billing report defines and segments the ... The Automatic patient billing market in Asia is estimated ... a developing CAGR of 7.2% from 2013 to 2018. ... patient billing market, to get an idea of the ... the segmentation of this market in the same region, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Notice of Grant Award with CIRM for Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of AST-OPC1 in Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury 2Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Notice of Grant Award with CIRM for Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of AST-OPC1 in Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury 3Asterias Biotherapeutics Announces Notice of Grant Award with CIRM for Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial of AST-OPC1 in Complete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury 4PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 2PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 3PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 4PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 5PureTech Announces Expansion with Oversubscribed $55M Funding Round 6The Latin American hardware encryption display market is expected to reach $2,366.8 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Latin American hardware encryption display market is expected to reach $2,366.8 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3The Asian Automatic patient billing market is estimated to grow to around $463.9 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asian Automatic patient billing market is estimated to grow to around $463.9 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3
... 2010 , - Proposed recommended cash acquisition of specialty gastrointestinal, ... equity purchase price of, EUR428 million in cash. ... date, Movetis held EUR100 million in cash; based on this the, ... - Strong strategic fit with Shire,s growing core GI business; ...
... innovation that can help scientists observe a reaction moving at ... spatial resolution, is a feat some would say is nearly ... scientists who developed the dynamic transmission electron microscope (DTEM). ... of scientific phenomena while it,s happening has earned it one ...
... EAST NORRITON, Pa. , Aug. 2 Tengion Inc. (Nasdaq: ... A. Brian Davis to the position of Chief Financial Officer. ... a biopharmaceutical company using enzymatic technologies to develop improved protein therapeutics. At ... personnel at three sites.  , , ...
Cached Biology Technology:Shire Proposes to Expand Specialist Gastrointestinal Portfolio 2Shire Proposes to Expand Specialist Gastrointestinal Portfolio 3Shire Proposes to Expand Specialist Gastrointestinal Portfolio 4Shire Proposes to Expand Specialist Gastrointestinal Portfolio 5Shire Proposes to Expand Specialist Gastrointestinal Portfolio 6Shire Proposes to Expand Specialist Gastrointestinal Portfolio 7Shire Proposes to Expand Specialist Gastrointestinal Portfolio 8Shire Proposes to Expand Specialist Gastrointestinal Portfolio 9Livermore's DTEM earns innovation award from Microscopy Today 2Tengion Appoints A. Brian Davis Chief Financial Officer 2
ID clarifier: platform...
The sealed ice cooling unit is used to absorb heat that is generated during transfers performed in the Criterion blotter....
... Tetrad 2 thermal cycler accommodates a ... heat-pump assemblies), which hold different types ... computer drives an advanced graphical interface ... lid temperatures. Peltier heat pumps, built ...
The SVT3-2 diverter valve is a 3-port, 2-position valve for use with the BioLogic DuoFlow system....
Biology Products: