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Meat ants v. cane toads

Australian scientists think they may have a solution to the scourge of the cane toad


 

Australian scientists think they may have a solution to the scourge of the cane toad, one of the continent’s most feared pests—meat ants. Introduced to eat crop-destroying beetles in the 1930s, the cane toads has rapidly spread and forced out many local species. And a toxic poison it secrets from its glands, has protected it from most predators and killed many incautious family pets. But the meat ant—a native species about centimetre long with powerful mouth parts—seems to have the upper hand.

Sydney Morning Herald


 
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