Imported fire ants near the edge of their range: disturbance and moisture determine prevalence and impact of an invasive social insect.

@article{Lebrun2012ImportedFA,
  title={Imported fire ants near the edge of their range: disturbance and moisture determine prevalence and impact of an invasive social insect.},
  author={Edward G Lebrun and Robert M. Plowes and Lawrence E. Gilbert},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  year={2012},
  volume={81 4},
  pages={884-95}
}
1. Habitat disturbance and species invasions interact in natural systems, making it difficult to isolate the primary cause of ecosystem degradation. A general understanding requires case studies of how disturbance and invasion interact across a variety of ecosystem - invasive species combinations. 2. Dramatic losses in ant diversity followed the invasion of central Texas by red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta). However, recent manipulative studies in Florida revealed no effect on ant… CONTINUE READING
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