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The red imported fire ant is an invasive species in Texas that can produce life-threatening allergic reactions in people, has major costs to agriculture, and causes severe impacts to native fauna. Dr. Rob Plowes shares insights into fire ant behavior and discusses a remarkable biological control opportunity. Dr. Plowes researches one of the fire ant's deadliest enemies - tiny phorid flies, which actually turn ants into zombie-like living incubators for their offspring! He also describes research approaches to other invasive species in Texas.
We invite you to join us for a special Halloween celebration. Participate in our costume contest: come as your favorite creature or zombie!
Cool Activities: 5:30 - 6:40 pm
Talk with Q&A: 7:00 - 8:15 pm
Hot Science – Cool Talks provides a front row seat to world-class research. Presented by the Environmental Science Institute this nationally recognized series allows leading researchers from Texas and other prominent universities to share their passion about science, technology, engineering and math with the general public.
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm
WILLIAM C. POWERS, JR. STUDENT ACTIVITY CENTER (WCP), Auditorium (Rm. 1.402)
2201 SPEEDWAY, Austin, Texas 78712