Support for eradication of Australia’s fire ant
While Texan fire ant expert Dr Robert Puckett briefed Australia’s deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce in Canberra during our national fire ant emergency tour it quickly became clear Mr Joyce will be a clear leader in advocating for fire ant eradication. At the meeting the deputy prime minister reconfirmed his enthusiastic support for the national fire ant eradication program.
Tropical fire ants on Ashmore Reef
Invasive ants can spell disaster even for remote natural wonderlands. Ashmore Reef is a group of islands north of Western Australia, which are very important to seabird and turtle breeding.
However, tropical fire ants have now established on the islands and are killing many turtle hatchlings and sea bird chicks before they can leave the nest, often before they can even finish hatching out of their egg.
Monash University Ecologist Dr Rohan Clarke makes a case for why we should care about Ashmore Reef and how better biosecurity and an eradication program are needed.
Koster’s curse – Australia’s next lantana
Koster’s curse has been described as Australia’s new lantana. A slow growing, invasive weed it smothers pastures and the native understory of tropical rainforests.
It poses a threat to agriculture and the rainforests of our wet tropics. In Hawaii it has smothered everything in its path and forced landowners off their land – a bleak outlook for Australia’s beautiful wet tropics.
Fire ant alert
If fire ants are not eradicated from Australia they could make outdoor life hell. Act now, help stop fire ants in their tracks.