Pest Management Science (2014) 70, 14-23

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Terezinha M.C. Della Lucia, Lailla C. Gandra and Raul N.C. Guedes (2014)
Managing leaf-cutting ants: peculiarities, trends and challenges
Pest Management Science 70 (1), 14-23
Abstract: Leaf-cutting ants are generally recognized as important pest species in Neotropical America. They are eusocial insects that exhibit social organization, foraging, fungus-cultivation, hygiene and a complex nest structure, which render their management notoriously difficult. A lack of economic thresholds and sampling plans focused on the main pest species preclude the management of leaf-cutting ants; such management would facilitate their control and lessen insecticide overuse, particularly the use of insecticidal baits. Recent restrictions on the use of synthetic compounds for such purposes impose additional challenges for the management of leaf-cutting ants. Considerable effort has been exerted regarding these challenges, which are addressed herein, but which also remain challenges that are yet to be conquered.
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Database assignments for author(s): Terezinha M.C. Della Lucia, Raul Narciso C. Guedes

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
control - general


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.
Acromyrmex octospinosus
Atta cephalotes
Atta sexdens
Atta laevigata
Acromyrmex rugosus
Acromyrmex subterraneus
Atta capiguara