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Bee disease and novel virus in invading ants – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on September 9th, 2015.

Invasive Argentine ants carry a virus linked to colony collapse in bees as well another insect virus new to science, according to a first-of-its-kind New Zealand study. The new research, published today in Biology Letters, hunted for evidence of insect viruses in Argentine ant populations from New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. One of the key […]

Invader ants don’t last in New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on December 1st, 2011.

The faltering march of an invasive ant species has been making headlines both in New Zealand and overseas. The invasive Argentine ant (Linepithema humile), first detected in New Zealand over 20 years ago, is well known internationally for its ability to spread in new territories. The ants are concern to authorities as the ants compete with […]

Media Coverage: Ant-dropping wasps causing a buzz

John Kerr posted in on March 31st, 2011.

Previously unheard-of wasp behaviour documented by Victoria University scientists has gained major media coverage both in New Zealand and overseas. Dr Julien Grangier and Assoc. Professor Philip Lester, from the Victoria University School of Biological Sciences, noted some unusual behaviour displayed by invasive wasps (Vespula vulgaris) competing for food with native New Zealand ants (Prolasius […]

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