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Trivia # 309: Neonicotinoids and invasive ants

4 November, 2015
Toxicological trivia from November 04, 2015: In an article titled, "Neonicotinoids changes the outcome of aggressive interactions between native and invasive ants,study". New Zealand is facing an invasion of Argentine ants (Linepithema humile), which compete with native southern ants (Monomorium antarcticum). The insects often meet in urban or agricultural areas, where neonicotinoids are in use. In it we read:a) When the southern ant was exposed to the potent neurotoxins, it became much less aggressive towards the invader;b) When invasive ants were exposed to the insecticides, they became much more aggressive towards unexposed Southern ants; c) Both previous assertions are correct.
Trivia # 309: Neonicotinoids and invasive ants
Hormiga argentina
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Correct answer: c. Read more in original article. 

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