Thursday 10 March 2011, 1pm
Dr Chris Boland
Gould Seminar Rm, Building 116, Daley Rd, ANU
Yellow Crazy Ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes) (one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species) were introduced to Christmas Island around 1935 where they existed in very low densities for several decades. However, in the late 1990s the ants started to form a mutualistic association with introduced, sap-sucking scale insects.
In this talk, I describe the impacts and control of yellow crazy ants on Christmas Island in the light of the biodiversity crisis affecting this remarkable external Australian territory in the middle of Indian Ocean.