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Invasive garden ants as new pest insects in Europe – Department of Biology - University of Copenhagen

2 December 2008

Invasive garden ants as new pest insects in Europe

Northern Europe has so far been free from invasive pest ants, but it seems just a matter of time until a new ant that was discovered in 1990 will reach these latitudes and work havoc in parks and gardens of Northern Germany, Scandinavia and the British Isles.

A new study, published this week in the journal PLoS ONE, illuminates where this ant comes from, how it organizes its supercolonies, and how it attained its pest status. The study provides a wake-up call for closer monitoring of urban ecosystems to eliminate infestations before they become problematic....

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