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Oecophylla smaragdina ants provide pest control in Australian cacao

James Cook University
Samantha Jay Forbes (Associated with, Aggregated by) Tobin Northfield (Associated with)
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Brief description

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.

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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).

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

Created: 13 07 2016

145.36775444014,-16.370395603766 145.36619591813,-16.369354212577 145.36437827154,-16.368825875003 145.36247942427,-16.368862312643 145.36068524871,-16.369459958422 145.35917137129,-16.370560305877 145.35808598086,-16.372055637983 145.35753532301,-16.373799574054 145.35757329995,-16.375621401238 145.35819619425,-16.377342786701 145.35934303267,-16.378795233971 145.36090155467,-16.37983657474 145.36271920127,-16.380364882481 145.36461804854,-16.38032844699 145.36641222409,-16.379730834522 145.36792610152,-16.378630538815 145.36901149194,-16.377135257129 145.3695621498,-16.375391350891 145.36952417285,-16.373569521557 145.36890127855,-16.371848102784 145.36775444014,-16.370395603766

145.3635487364,-16.374595378742

text: Puglisi farm, near Miallo, Queensland, Australia

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