Antimicrobial properties of nest volatiles in red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta (hymenoptera: formicidae)

  title={Antimicrobial properties of nest volatiles in red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta (hymenoptera: formicidae)},
  author={Lei Wang and Brad Elliott and Xixuan Jin and L. W. Zeng and Jian Chen},
  journal={The Science of Nature},
The antimicrobial property of volatiles produced by red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta, against Beauveria bassiana, a common entomopathogenic fungus, was demonstrated. The germination rate of B. bassiana spores was significantly reduced after they were exposed to volatiles within an artificial ant nest. Since the air that contained the same level of O2 and CO2 as that in artificial fire ant nests did not suppress the germination rate of B. bassiana, the observed reduction of germination… 

Immune Stimulation via Wounding Alters Chemical Profiles of Adult Tribolium castaneum

It is suggested that the changes in different infochemicals may mediate immune status signaling in the context of both internal and external immune responses in groups of this non-social insect, thus showing parallels to social immunity.



Sociometry and Sociogenesis of Colonies of the Fire Ant Solenopsis Invicta During One Annual Cycle

Fire ant colonies reached their annual maximum population size in midwinter and their maximum biomass in spring and declined to a midsummer minimum, showing that the transition from the ergonomic to the reproductive stages is sharp, and that colonies must grow in order to produce more sexuals.

Personal immunity versus social immunity

It is suggested that there are likely to be close links between life history and the extent of investment in each form of immunity, and trade-offs between social and personal immunity may explain individual variation in personal immune responses, including sex-specific immune defences.

An Hypothesis Concerning the Function of the Metapleural Glands in Ants

  • W. Brown
  • Biology
    The American Naturalist
  • 1968
A rapid survey of the collection of the ants in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, and some other collections, has turned up additional cases of ants in which, judging now only from externally visible structures, the metapleural gland is absent, nonfunctional, or significantly reduced.

Molecular and chemical immune defenses in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

It is proposed that future research links immunity at the molecular level with the ecology of ants and their patho-gens, and studies evolutionary mechanisms to yield a comprehensive understanding of ant immune defense mechanisms.

Termites fumigate their nests with naphthalene

The hydrocarbon naphthalene has been found naturally associated with any insect species for the first time, in extracts of the nest material produced by Formosan subterranean termites.

The metapleural gland of ants

A synthetic approach integrating functional morphology, phylogenetic transitions and chemical ecology of the MGs of both the derived and the unstudied early‐branching (basal) ant lineages is needed to elucidate the evolutionary origin and diversification of the MG of ants.

Parasites in Social Insects

Preface and Acknowledgments1The Biology of Social Insects32The Parasites and Their Biology243Breaking into the Fortress774Parasites and the Organization of the Colony1195Breeding Strategies and