Clemson helps Taiwan control fire ants

By Tom Lollis

Fire antWhen fire ants were discovered in Taiwan in 2004, one of the first places they looked for help was Clemson University. Tim Davis, Clemson’s area-wide fire ant suppression specialist, was invited to an international symposium to educate Taiwanese government officials on fire ant management techniques.

“The role of Clemson’s fire ant program has continued to grow in influence in Southeast Asia as fire ants have also been found in Hong Kong, southern China and Okinawa, Japan,” said Davis.

In 2005 and 2006 officials from Taiwan National University, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, and Chung His Chemical Company visited Clemson University for hands-on fire ant control training. They toured demonstration sites in South Carolina and other southern states, and met fire ant specialists from Texas A&M, Auburn University, USDA-ARS, USDA-APHIS and Louisiana State University.

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