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Growing Industries, Growing Invasions? The Case of the Argentine Ant in Vineyards of Northern Argentina.

José Antonio Corronca; Carolina Ivon Paris; Maria Schulze-Sylvester;
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  • Published: 29 Jan 2018 Journal: Insects (issn: 2075-4450, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
The invasive Argentine ant causes ecological and economic damage worldwide. In 2011, this species was reported in vineyards of Cafayate, a wine-producing town in the Andes, Argentina. While the local xeric climate is unsuitable for Argentine ants, populations could establish in association with vineyards where human activity and irrigation facilitate propagule introduction and survival. In 2013–2014, we combined extensive sampling of the area using ant-baits with monitoring of the change in land use and vineyard cultivated area over the past 15 years. Our results revealed that the species has thus far remained confined to a relatively isolated small area, owing ...
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free text keywords: Linepithema humile, vineyard, invasive species, Argentina, Science, Q, Insect Science, Article, Shrubland, geography.geographical_feature_category, geography, Propagule, Ecosystem, Argentine ant, biology.organism_classification, biology, Land use, Deserts and xeric shrublands, Agroforestry
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