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Article: Climate Change May Boost the Invasion of the Asian Needle Ant

TitleClimate Change May Boost the Invasion of the Asian Needle Ant
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Issue Date2013
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PLoS ONE, 2013, v. 8, n. 10 How to Cite?
AbstractFollowing its introduction from Asia to the USA, the Asian needle ant (Pachycondyla chinensis) is rapidly spreading into a wide range of habitats with great negative ecological affects. In addition, the species is a concern for human health because of its powerful, sometimes deadly, sting. Here, we assessed the potential of P. chinensis to spread further and to invade entirely new regions. We used species distribution models to assess suitable areas under current climatic conditions and in 2020, 2050 and 2080. With a consensus model, combining five different modelling techniques, three Global Circulation (climatic) Models and two CO2 emission scenarios, we generated world maps with suitable climatic conditions. Our models suggest that the species currently has a far greater potential distribution than its current exotic range, including large parts of the world landmass, including Northeast America, Southeast Asia and Southeast America. Climate change is predicted to greatly exacerbate the risk of P. chinensis invasion by increasing the suitable landmass by 64.9% worldwide, with large increases in Europe (+210.1%), Oceania (+75.1%), North America (+74.9%) and Asia (+62.7%). The results of our study suggest P. chinensis deserves increased attention, especially in the light of on-going climate change. © 2013 Bertelsmeier et al.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205793
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dc.contributor.authorBertelsmeier, Cléo-
dc.contributor.authorGuénard, Benoît S.-
dc.contributor.authorCourchamp, Franck-
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-06T08:02:22Z-
dc.date.available2014-10-06T08:02:22Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationPLoS ONE, 2013, v. 8, n. 10-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205793-
dc.description.abstractFollowing its introduction from Asia to the USA, the Asian needle ant (Pachycondyla chinensis) is rapidly spreading into a wide range of habitats with great negative ecological affects. In addition, the species is a concern for human health because of its powerful, sometimes deadly, sting. Here, we assessed the potential of P. chinensis to spread further and to invade entirely new regions. We used species distribution models to assess suitable areas under current climatic conditions and in 2020, 2050 and 2080. With a consensus model, combining five different modelling techniques, three Global Circulation (climatic) Models and two CO2 emission scenarios, we generated world maps with suitable climatic conditions. Our models suggest that the species currently has a far greater potential distribution than its current exotic range, including large parts of the world landmass, including Northeast America, Southeast Asia and Southeast America. Climate change is predicted to greatly exacerbate the risk of P. chinensis invasion by increasing the suitable landmass by 64.9% worldwide, with large increases in Europe (+210.1%), Oceania (+75.1%), North America (+74.9%) and Asia (+62.7%). The results of our study suggest P. chinensis deserves increased attention, especially in the light of on-going climate change. © 2013 Bertelsmeier et al.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofPLoS ONE-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleClimate Change May Boost the Invasion of the Asian Needle Ant-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0075438-
dc.identifier.pmid24124489-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84885072378-
dc.identifier.volume8-
dc.identifier.issue10-
dc.identifier.eissn1932-6203-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000325489100046-

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