Preference and bio-control potential of viral pathogens in the invasive ants
|Chin-Cheng Yang (Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University)
|Veera Singham (Centre for Chemical Biology, Universiti Sains Malaysia)
Biocontrol has been considered self-sustaining and environmentally friendly management approach against invasive pests if potential risks are properly managed. The goal of the proposed research is to evaluate potential and feasibility of virus(s) as biocontrol agents against invasive ants in Japan by characterizing pathogenicity and potential impacts of viruses. The specific aims of the current project include 1) assessment of accumulative mortality, number of brood and queen longevity in virus-infected ant colonies; 2) development of an effective virus delivery system.
Fig. 1 Field test of a prototype virus delivery system for invasive Argentine ant.