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Title: Electric ants: A cross-disciplinary approach to understanding insect behavior

Abstract

The response and attraction of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, to electrical equipment was examined using an interdisciplinary approach. Entomologists specializing in fire ant behavior combined expertise with electrical engineers to investigate the economically damaging interaction of fire ants with electrical circuitry. Knowledge from the realms of physics, engineering, and biology were integrated in experimentation to test for a fire ant response to electric fields and magnetic fields associated with electrical equipment. It was determined that fire ants react to electrified conductive material and the alternating-current magnetic fields associated with electricity.

Authors:
 [1]; ;  [2]
  1. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
501748
Report Number(s):
CONF-961239-
TRN: 97:002725-0038
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: IDPT-2: 2. world conference on integrated design and process technology, Austin, TX (United States), 1-4 Dec 1996; Other Information: PBD: 1996; Related Information: Is Part Of Integrated design and process technology. Volume 3; Esat, I.I.; Veniali, F.; Rasty, J.; Gransberg, D.D.; Ertas, A. [eds.]; PB: 407 p.
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES; 55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; ANTS; PEST CONTROL; BEHAVIOR; ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT; SYSTEM FAILURE ANALYSIS; MAGNETIC FIELDS

Citation Formats

Slowik, T.J., Thorvilson, H.G., and Green, B.L. Electric ants: A cross-disciplinary approach to understanding insect behavior. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Slowik, T.J., Thorvilson, H.G., & Green, B.L. Electric ants: A cross-disciplinary approach to understanding insect behavior. United States.
Slowik, T.J., Thorvilson, H.G., and Green, B.L. Tue . "Electric ants: A cross-disciplinary approach to understanding insect behavior". United States.
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abstractNote = {The response and attraction of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, to electrical equipment was examined using an interdisciplinary approach. Entomologists specializing in fire ant behavior combined expertise with electrical engineers to investigate the economically damaging interaction of fire ants with electrical circuitry. Knowledge from the realms of physics, engineering, and biology were integrated in experimentation to test for a fire ant response to electric fields and magnetic fields associated with electrical equipment. It was determined that fire ants react to electrified conductive material and the alternating-current magnetic fields associated with electricity.},
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place = {United States},
year = {1996},
month = {12}
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