Here in Brisbane, a lot of us are aware of the battle to keep fire ants at bay. Perhaps some of us had an encounter with them or even had them invade their property.
However, are you aware of another unwanted ant invading Queensland… the Yellow Crazy Ant?
What’s being done to mitigate Yellow Crazy Ants from entering our lifestyle?
4ZZZ’s Eliot Rifkin and Toni Pankaluic chatted with Dr Cecilia Villacorta-Rath about how TropWATER scientists are tracking one of the world’s most invasive ants moving into our waterways using eDNA.
for a deep dive…
Read an overview on the Yellow Crazy Ants' appearance and distribution in Australia. To understand the devastating impacts of Yellow Crazy Ants have on local biodiversity and the management strategies used to reduce populations, click here. And finally... if you'd like to get into the nitty gritty of Dr Villacorta-Roths' research, visit her article - "Invasive terrestrial invertebrate detection in water and soil using a targeted eDNA approach"
Toni Pankaluic is a Journalist and contributor to Brisbane Line