Implementation of the Texas Imported Fire Ant Research

Implementation of the Texas Imported Fire Ant Research

Implementation of the Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Plan Background & Current Status Texas Legislature approves 6-year plan, June 1997 $2.5 million provided for first two years of the plan, beginning Sept. 1 1997, for FY 98 and 99 35 projects funded under the plan at

participating institutions and external competitive grant recipient universities Texas Imported Fire Ant Research & Management Plan Director: Dr. James G. Butler Coordinator: Bastiaan Bart M. Drees Texas Fire Ant Research &

Management Plan FARMAAC PEER REV. FARMIC RESEARCH EXTENSION FARMAAC Fire Ant Research & Management Plan Account Advisory Committee Members, 19981999

(*Governors appointees) Bob McCan, Chairman (Agriculture)* Sharon Johnson (City Manager)* Robert Werner (Citizen)*

Michael E. Etchison (Public Utility Commission) Benny Mathis (Structural Pest Control Board) Robert Looney (Oil and Gass Association) Bill Messer (Chemical Association) FARMAAC Fire Ant Research & Management Plan Account Advisory Committee Members, 1998-1999 (Cont.)

Marcus Peterson (Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.) John Sneed (Texas Department of Agriculture) Ray Frisbie (Texas A&M University) Robert Albin (Texas Tech University) Larry Gilbert (University of Texas) FARMIC Fire Ant Research & Management Plan Initiative Committee Members, 1998-1999

Ray Frisbie, Chairman (TAMU) Dick Auld (TTU) Larry Gilbert (UT) John Sneed (TDA) Jerry Cooke (TPWD)

Frank Gilstrap (TAES) FARMIC Fire Ant Research & Management Plan Initiative Committee Members, 1998-1999, Cont.

Bart Drees, Coordinator (TAMU/TAEX) Brad Vinson (TAES) Harlan Thorvilson (TTU) Ed Vargo (UT) Charles Onstad (USDA, ARS) Lloyd Wendel (USDA, APHIS) Peer Review Committee Members, 1998-1999

Cliff Lofgren, Chairman (1998) Sanford Porter (USDA,ARS) - biological control Chip Taylor (U. Kansas) - genetics & management Coby Schal (North Carolina State U.) - physiology & behavior Beverly Sparks (U. Georgia) - extension Robert Taylor (Auburn U.) - economics Sustainable Solutions

Biological Control Phorid flies (Pseudacteon) - Larry Gilbert (UT) Beuveria bassiana - Harlan Thorvilson (TTU) Pyemotes sp. (Acari) - Marilyn Houck (TTU) Native natural enemies, Protozoa: Microspora (Thelohania solenopsae) and Strepsiptera (Orasema sp.) - Bradleigh Vinson (TAMU)

Genetic Manipulation - Loren Skow, Spencer Johnson, Kevin Heinz Pest Management Solutions Physiological/behavioral modification - Ed Vargo (UT), Richard Dislippe (TTU), Brad Vinson and Larry Keeley (TAMU) Protecting electrical equipment - Harlan Thorvilson (TTU) IPM for livestock production systems - Charles

Barr (TAEX) and Andy Herring (TTU) Wildlife impact and protection - Brad Dabbert (TTU) Pest Management Solutions Novel biochemical approaches Nutritional enzymes - Edgar Meyer (TAMU) G-protein coupled receptors - Patricia Pietrantonio (TAMU) Pheromone and odorant receptors - Robert Renthal (UT San Antonio) Vibrational and chemical cues - Bradleigh Vinson (TAMU)

Regulatory & Survey Efforts Survey, quarantine and regulatory efforts David Kostroun & John Sneed (TDA) GIS-based applications - Robert Coulson (TAMU) Quarantine surveys - Harlan Thorvilson (TTU), Ed Vargo (UT) Population modeling - Ted Wilson (TAMU)

Limiting factors of western spread - Bill Mackay (UT, El Paso) Community-Wide Programs Extension Agents - IPM (Fire Ants) Dallas/Tarrant Counties: Scott Russell Travis/Williamson Counties: Lisa Butts Harris County: Pam Traylor Bexar County: Nathan Riggs Extension Associate, Fire Ant Project - IPM Research - Charles L. Barr Extension Assistant

Economic Evaluations Eduardo Segarra (TTU) Ron Lacewell, John Ellis, Curtis Lard, Charles Hall, Raghaven Srinivasen (TAMU) Charles Barr, Scott Cummings (TAEX) Agricultural Communications Lynette James, Gena Parsons, Edith Chenault, Penny Banks, Blanca Jackson

(TAMU) Jacqui Lockaby (TTU) Ramona Nye (TDA) Robert Meckel (UT) Tom Harvey (TPWD) Educational Products

Fireant.tamu.edu web site Fire Ant Trails newsletter Fire Ant Plan Fact Sheets Extension publications: B-5043, Managing Red Imported Fire Ants in Urban Areas L-2061, House-infesting Ants and Their Control Economic Impact of Texas Fire Ant Plan $2.5 million per year provided by tax payers

For 17.7 million people in Texas (1995), the cost is $0.14 per person One-fifth of funding supports education, or $0.03 per person Extension Services targeted program areas (Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Houston and San Antonio) reach 53 percent of the Texas population Special Thanks to: Representative

Tom Ramsay for House Bill 2341 (1995) and support of the Texas Plan Funding Provided by Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Plan

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