Tramp ant finder

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A MA­JOR boost for the de­tec­tion and con­trol of tramp ants in and around the Wet Trop­ics World Her­itage Area was an­nounced last week.

The Wet Trop­ics Man­age­ment Author­ity se­cured $260,000 in fund­ing through the Com­mon­wealth’s Car­ing for our Coun­try pro­gram.

Elec­tric ants and yel­low crazy ants are listed among the world’s 100 most in­va­sive species.

They are col­lec­tively known as tramp ants be­cause of their abil­ity to spread via cargo trans­ported by hu­mans.

They can cause a de­cline in the va­ri­ety and abun­dance of plants and an­i­mals due to pre­da­tion and com­pe­ti­tion and have a se­vere im­pact on the health and func­tion of ecosys­tems in af­fected ar­eas.

Within the World Her­itage Area, cas­sowaries, spot­ted-tailed quolls, and other ground-dwelling and nest­ing species are at risk.The fund­ing will al­low for sur­veil­lance and de­tec­tion to progress to erad­i­cate tramp ants from the Wet Trop­ics Her­itage Area.

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