Growing Industries, Growing Invasions? The Case of the Argentine Ant in Vineyards of Northern Argentina
AbstractThe invasive Argentine ant causes ecological and economic damage worldwide. In 2011, this species was reported in vineyards of Cafayate, a wine-producing town in the Andes, Argentina. While the local xeric climate is unsuitable for Argentine ants, populations could establish in association with vineyards where human activity and irrigation facilitate propagule introduction and survival. In 2013–2014, we combined extensive sampling of the area using ant-baits with monitoring of the change in land use and vineyard cultivated area over the past 15 years. Our results revealed that the species has thus far remained confined to a relatively isolated small area, owing to an effective barrier of dry shrublands surrounding the infested vineyards; yet the recent expansion of vineyard acreage in this region will soon connect this encapsulated area with the rest of the valley. When this happens, vulnerable ecosystems and the main local industry will be put at risk. This case provides a rare opportunity to study early invasion dynamics and reports, to the best of our knowledge, for the first time, the Argentine ant in high altitude agroecosystems. View Full-Text
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Schulze-Sylvester, M.; Corronca, J.A.; Paris, C.I. Growing Industries, Growing Invasions? The Case of the Argentine Ant in Vineyards of Northern Argentina. Insects 2018, 9, 11.
Schulze-Sylvester M, Corronca JA, Paris CI. Growing Industries, Growing Invasions? The Case of the Argentine Ant in Vineyards of Northern Argentina. Insects. 2018; 9(1):11.Chicago/Turabian Style
Schulze-Sylvester, Maria; Corronca, José A.; Paris, Carolina I. 2018. "Growing Industries, Growing Invasions? The Case of the Argentine Ant in Vineyards of Northern Argentina." Insects 9, no. 1: 11.