Estimation of the number of founders of an invasive pest insect population: the fire ant Solenopsis invicta in the USA

  title={Estimation of the number of founders of an invasive pest insect population: the fire ant Solenopsis invicta in the USA},
  author={Kenneth G. Ross and DeWayne Shoemaker},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={2231 - 2240}
  • K. RossD. Shoemaker
  • Published 7 October 2008
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Determination of the number of founders responsible for the establishment of invasive populations is important for developing biologically based management practices, predicting the invasive potential of species, and making inferences about ecological and evolutionary processes. The fire ant Solenopsis invicta is a major invasive pest insect first introduced into the USA from its native South American range in the mid-1930s. We use data from diverse genetic markers surveyed in the source… 

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