Scourge in the Mediterranean

Phytosanitary policies against the Argentine ant in the first half of the 20th century

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

The Argentine ant ( Linepithema humilis ) is a Neotropical species from the Paraná River basin in central South America which has been spread unintentionally through human commerce from the nineteenth century onwards. It was soon recognised as an urban and plant pest and, more recently, as a threat to biodiversity in many of the places it has been introduced. This chapter analyses the causes of and motivations for controlling this species in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy in the first half of the twentieth century, describing and comparing legal and administrative measures among countries. Containment (in France), fight (in Italy) and eradication (in Portugal) were laid down in mandatory regulations dated from the 1920s, but none of these three aims were achieved. Despite a long history of control efforts, Argentine ants remain in Southern Europe and other invaded areas, where people still strive to control them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistories of Bioinvasions in Mediterranean
EditorsAna Isabel Queiroz, Simon Pooley
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages87-103
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-74986-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-74985-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameEnvironmental History
Volume8
ISSN (Print)2211-9019
ISSN (Electronic)2211-9027

Fingerprint

Linepithema humile
Portugal
Linepithema
France
Italy
plant pests
Southern European region
Spain
biodiversity

Keywords

  • Natural sciences
  • Bioinvasions
  • Mediterranean region
  • Environmental history

Cite this

de Queirós, A. I. C. F. (2018). Scourge in the Mediterranean: Phytosanitary policies against the Argentine ant in the first half of the 20th century. In A. I. Queiroz, & S. Pooley (Eds.), Histories of Bioinvasions in Mediterranean (pp. 87-103). (Environmental History ; Vol. 8). Cham: Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74986-0
de Queirós, Ana Isabel Costa Febrero. / Scourge in the Mediterranean : Phytosanitary policies against the Argentine ant in the first half of the 20th century. Histories of Bioinvasions in Mediterranean. editor / Ana Isabel Queiroz ; Simon Pooley. Cham : Springer Nature, 2018. pp. 87-103 (Environmental History ).
@inbook{afe3910d00c04f5b8ecbf7923252ccbb,
title = "Scourge in the Mediterranean: Phytosanitary policies against the Argentine ant in the first half of the 20th century",
abstract = "The Argentine ant ( Linepithema humilis ) is a Neotropical species from the Paran{\'a} River basin in central South America which has been spread unintentionally through human commerce from the nineteenth century onwards. It was soon recognised as an urban and plant pest and, more recently, as a threat to biodiversity in many of the places it has been introduced. This chapter analyses the causes of and motivations for controlling this species in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy in the first half of the twentieth century, describing and comparing legal and administrative measures among countries. Containment (in France), fight (in Italy) and eradication (in Portugal) were laid down in mandatory regulations dated from the 1920s, but none of these three aims were achieved. Despite a long history of control efforts, Argentine ants remain in Southern Europe and other invaded areas, where people still strive to control them.",
keywords = "Natural sciences, Bioinvasions, Mediterranean region, Environmental history",
author = "{de Queir{\'o}s}, {Ana Isabel Costa Febrero}",
note = "info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876/147250/PT# UID/HIS/04209/2013",
year = "2018",
doi = "10.1007/978-3-319-74986-0",
language = "English",
isbn = "978-3-319-74985-3",
series = "Environmental History",
publisher = "Springer Nature",
pages = "87--103",
editor = "Queiroz, {Ana Isabel} and Simon Pooley",
booktitle = "Histories of Bioinvasions in Mediterranean",

}

de Queirós, AICF 2018, Scourge in the Mediterranean: Phytosanitary policies against the Argentine ant in the first half of the 20th century. in AI Queiroz & S Pooley (eds), Histories of Bioinvasions in Mediterranean. Environmental History , vol. 8, Springer Nature, Cham, pp. 87-103. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74986-0

Scourge in the Mediterranean : Phytosanitary policies against the Argentine ant in the first half of the 20th century. / de Queirós, Ana Isabel Costa Febrero.

Histories of Bioinvasions in Mediterranean. ed. / Ana Isabel Queiroz; Simon Pooley. Cham : Springer Nature, 2018. p. 87-103 (Environmental History ; Vol. 8).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

TY - CHAP

T1 - Scourge in the Mediterranean

T2 - Phytosanitary policies against the Argentine ant in the first half of the 20th century

AU - de Queirós, Ana Isabel Costa Febrero

N1 - info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876/147250/PT# UID/HIS/04209/2013

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - The Argentine ant ( Linepithema humilis ) is a Neotropical species from the Paraná River basin in central South America which has been spread unintentionally through human commerce from the nineteenth century onwards. It was soon recognised as an urban and plant pest and, more recently, as a threat to biodiversity in many of the places it has been introduced. This chapter analyses the causes of and motivations for controlling this species in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy in the first half of the twentieth century, describing and comparing legal and administrative measures among countries. Containment (in France), fight (in Italy) and eradication (in Portugal) were laid down in mandatory regulations dated from the 1920s, but none of these three aims were achieved. Despite a long history of control efforts, Argentine ants remain in Southern Europe and other invaded areas, where people still strive to control them.

AB - The Argentine ant ( Linepithema humilis ) is a Neotropical species from the Paraná River basin in central South America which has been spread unintentionally through human commerce from the nineteenth century onwards. It was soon recognised as an urban and plant pest and, more recently, as a threat to biodiversity in many of the places it has been introduced. This chapter analyses the causes of and motivations for controlling this species in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy in the first half of the twentieth century, describing and comparing legal and administrative measures among countries. Containment (in France), fight (in Italy) and eradication (in Portugal) were laid down in mandatory regulations dated from the 1920s, but none of these three aims were achieved. Despite a long history of control efforts, Argentine ants remain in Southern Europe and other invaded areas, where people still strive to control them.

KW - Natural sciences

KW - Bioinvasions

KW - Mediterranean region

KW - Environmental history

U2 - 10.1007/978-3-319-74986-0

DO - 10.1007/978-3-319-74986-0

M3 - Chapter

SN - 978-3-319-74985-3

T3 - Environmental History

SP - 87

EP - 103

BT - Histories of Bioinvasions in Mediterranean

A2 - Queiroz, Ana Isabel

A2 - Pooley, Simon

PB - Springer Nature

CY - Cham

ER -

de Queirós AICF. Scourge in the Mediterranean: Phytosanitary policies against the Argentine ant in the first half of the 20th century. In Queiroz AI, Pooley S, editors, Histories of Bioinvasions in Mediterranean. Cham: Springer Nature. 2018. p. 87-103. (Environmental History ). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74986-0