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Oecophylla smaragdina ants provide pest control in Australian cacao

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Title
Oecophylla smaragdina ants provide pest control in Australian cacao
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2016-07-14
Date Record Modified
2017-01-24
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
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Time Period
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Geospatial Location
  • Puglisi farm, near Miallo, Queensland, Australia
Description
Descriptions
  1. Type: brief

    These data provide counts of Oecophylla smaragdina ants, mealybugs, Amblypelta and Helopeltis bugs, and Rhyparida beetles on a cacao farm where trees in plots were treated or untreated with cacao husks, and trees within plots either had ants present or excluded from trees.

  2. Type: full

    The research evaluates the effects of the predaceous ant Oecophylla smaragdina on three major pests of Australian cacao (Helopeltis spp., Amblypelta spp. and Rhyparida nitida) in an Australian cacao farm, in the presence and absence of cacao fruit husks, a habitat manipulation utilized to provide habitat and food resources for midge (Ceratopogonidae) pollinators. The research also evaluates the effect of O. smaragdina on their potentially plant-damaging, mutualistic mealybug (Pseudococcidae) partners in the presence and absence of cacao fruit husks. The findings suggest that O. smaragdina ants provide pest control services for three major insect pests in Australian cacao farms, however ants generally increase the densities of mealybugs. Furthermore, this pest control may be compatible with habitat manipulations (i.e., the addition of cacao fruit husks) to improve pollinator habitat. Column titles are Date (date samples were collected), Fortnight (samples were collected fortnightly), Plot (the individual plot identifier), Tree (the individual tree identifier), Husk (present = 1, absent = 0), Ant presence (1 = present, 0 = excluded), OsObs (number of O. smaragdina ants observed), Mealybugs (number of mealybugs observed), Amblypelta (number of Amblypelta observed), Helopeltis (number of Helopeltis observed), and Rhyparida (number of Rhyparida beetles observed).

  3. Type: note

    This dataset is available as a spreadsheet in MS Excel (.xlsx) and Open Document formats (.ods)

Related Publications
  1. Forbes, Samantha J., and Northfield, Tobin D. (2017) Oecophylla smaragdina ants provide pest control in Australian cacao. Biotropica, 49 (3). pp. 328-336.
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Related Data
  1. Has association with: >> Increased pollinator habitat enhances predator conservation
    • ID: 95fa7f7fad13d7178c071b399c93fa10
  2. Has association with: >> Increased pollinator habitat enhances cacao fruit set and predator conservation
    • ID: a0f38890ca07a28ba872fb90b9be8ddd
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Technical metadata
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People
Creators
  1. Miss Samantha Forbes , samantha.forbes@my.jcu.edu.au , James Cook University
Primary Contact
Miss Samantha Forbes, samantha.forbes@my.jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
  1. Dr Tobin Northfield , tobin.northfield@jcu.edu.au
Collaborators
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Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 050102 - Ecosystem Function (050102)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 960403 - Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments (960403)
Keywords
  1. cacao
  2. biological control
Research Activity
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
Rights
License
CC BY: Attribution 3.0 AU
License - Other
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Access Rights/Conditions
Open access. If the data is not freely accessible via the link provided, please contact the nominated data manager or researchdata@jcu.edu.au for assistance.
Type
open
Rights
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Data
Data Location
Online Locations
Attachments
  1. Cacao data for Biotropica.xlsx (Data File, Public)
  2. Cacao data for Biotropica.ods (Data File, Public)
Stored At
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Citation
Cite:
Forbes, S. (2016). Oecophylla smaragdina ants provide pest control in Australian cacao. James Cook University. (dataset). http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/28/57B10D97382B6
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
10.4225/28/57B10D97382B6