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Changing Animal Population 
In Tennessee, we're seeing changes in our animal population. Some species are moving in, but others are disappearing from our lands.


 

Recent Publications

Genetic analyses reveal cryptic diversity in the native North American fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Solenopsis) Chialvo, P., D. Gotzek, D. D. Shoemaker, and K. Ross.  2018.  Systematic Entomology, 43: 109-122. [Abstract]

Positive selection on sociobiological traits in invasive fire ants E. Privman, P. Cohen, A. Cohanim, O. Riba-Grognuz, D. D. Shoemaker, and L. Keller.  2018.  Molecular Ecology, 27(15): 3116-3130. [Abstract]

Viral infections in fire ants lead to dietary changes and anorexia H. W. Hsu, D. D. Shoemaker, and C. C. Yang.  2018.  Scientific Reports, 8: Article number 13498. [Abstract]

Managing Imported Fire Ants in Agriculture Nester, P., R. Puckett, M. Keck, M. Merchant, K. Flanders, K. Palmer, F. Graham, T. Davis, K. M. Vail, J. Oliver, J. Hopkins, and K. Loftin.  2018.  Revision to eXtension.org.

Sociometry of Solenopsis geminata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) reveals variation in colony-level phenotypes in fire ants W. Trible, D. D. Shoemaker, and D. Gotzek.  2018.  Myrmecological News, 26: 47-53. [Abstract]

Fire Ants in Pastures and Rangeland Flanders, K., and K. M. Vail.  2017.  UT Extension PB 1690 The Insect and Plant Disease Control Manual (revision).

Fire Ants in Pastures and Rangeland Flanders, K., and K. M. Vail.  2016.  UT Extension PB 1690 The Insect and Plant Disease Control Manual (revision).

Fire Ants In Pastures and Rangeland Flanders, K., and K. M. Vail.  2015.  UT Extension PB 1690 The Insect and Plant Disease Control Manual (revision).

Fire Ants In Pastures and Rangeland.  Flanders, K., and K. M. Vail.  2014.  UT Extension PB 1690 The Insect and Plant Disease Control Manual (revision).

Managing fire ants and other turf pests.  Hale, F. A.  2014.  EPP 404, UT Extension.

Has the Cold Weather Killed All the Tennessee Fire Ants? Vail, K. M.  2014.  Pests and Pesticides in Child-serving Facilities: An IPM Newsletter, 7(5):2.

Managing Imported Fire Ants in Urban Areas Drees, B. M., S. B. Vinson, R. Gold, M. E. Merchant, E. Brown, K. Engler, M. Keck, P. Nester, D. Kostroun, K. Flanders, F. Graham, D. Pollet, P. Beckley, T. Davis and P. M. Horton, W. Gardner, K. Loftin, J. Hopkins, K. M. Vail, et al.  2013.  eXtension.