Aphids Alter the Community-wide Impact of Fire Ants

  title={Aphids Alter the Community-wide Impact of Fire Ants},
  author={Ian Kaplan and Micky D. Eubanks},
Positive species interactions have the potential to strongly influence the structure and dynamics of ecological communities, yet surprisingly few studies have documented their general importance. We tested the hypothesis that the mutualistic association between fire ants and aphids enhances the impact of fire ants on the herbivorous and predaceous arthropod community of cotton. We found that the presence of aphids attracted foraging fire ants onto cotton plants. This shift from ground to foliar… CONTINUE READING
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