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American experts are trying to solve the problems caused by the so-called fire ants (Solenopsis invicta), which reduce biodiversity in the United States as an invasive species.

Researchers from different universities in their new studypublished this month in the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, said they had successfully reduced wild populations of fire ants in Florida.

Interestingly, they achieved this through the deployment of a weapon in the form of a virus – specifically Solenopsis invicta virus 3.

Better than chemistry, but …

“Laboratory tests have shown that Solenopsis invicta virus 3 it can be an effective natural control against its host, the red imported fire ant, “the team wrote.

Of course, this approach is much better than killing ants with various chemical pesticides – especially when it comes to public places such as playgrounds, etc.

But it has one catch: according to The Washington Post se Solenopsis invictand crossed with the species Solenopsis richter, the resulting hybrid being resistant to the virus used in the above-mentioned study. Another challenge awaits the scientist.

Cover photo: Insects Unlocked, CC0

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