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Exotic Ants of the Asia-Pacific: Invasion, National Response, and Ongoing Needs

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Xu, Y., Vargo, E. L., Tsuji, K. and Wylie, F. R. (2022) Exotic Ants of the Asia-Pacific: Invasion, National Response, and Ongoing Needs. Annual Review of Entomology, 67 (1). pp. 27-42.

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-ento-060721-085603

Publisher URL: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-ento-060721-085603


Human activity has facilitated the introduction of many exotic species via global trade. Asia-Pacific countries comprise one of the most economically and trade-active regions in the world, which makes it one of the most vulnerable regions to invasive species, including ants. There are currently over 60 exotic ant species in the Asia-Pacific, with the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, among the most destructive. Exotic ants pose many economic and ecological problems for the region. Countries in the Asia-Pacific have dealt with the problem of exotic ants in very different ways, and there has been an overall lack of preparedness. To improve the management of risks associated with invasive ants, we recommend that countries take action across the biosecurity spectrum, spanning prevention, containment, and quarantine. The creation of an Asia-Pacific network for management of invasive ants should help prevent their introduction and mitigate their impacts. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Entomology, Volume 67 is January 2022. Please see http://www.annualreviews.org/page/journal/pubdates for revised estimates.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Subjects:Science > Entomology
Science > Invasive Species > Animals > Animal control and ecology
Science > Invasive Species > Modelling > Animal
Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Live Archive:26 Oct 2021 22:28
Last Modified:18 Jan 2022 00:30

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