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'Know your foe: synanthropic spiders are deterred by semiochemicals of European fire ants'

May 27, 2021
Photo credit: Andreas Fischer

Andreas Fischer's (Gries-lab) article 'Know your foe: synanthropic spiders are deterred by semiochemicals of European fire ants' that was just published in Royal Society Open Science describes that chemical deposits of European fire ants are deterrent to various urban spider species.

The article has drawn significant media attention. Please see some links below. 

Science News
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/european-fire-ant-chemicals-spider-repellent-webs-homes

New Scientist
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2277986-spiders-avoid-surfaces-that-have-previously-been-covered-with-ants/

National Geographic en espanol (they plan to do another piece just on spiders, based on our interview)
https://www.ngenespanol.com/animales/las-hormigas-de-fuego-europeas-segregan-un-quimico-que-hace-huir-a-las-aranas/

The Telegraph
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/environment/2021/05/21/stubborn-spiders-home-one-whiff-insect-rival-can-leave-feeling/

msn
https://www.msn.com/fr-fr/actualite/technologie-et-sciences/pour-des-scientifiques-lodeur-des-fourmis-pourrait-faire-fuir-les-araign%c3%a9es/ar-BB1gUyor?li=BBoJvSH&fbclid=IwAR2mpZCKOvmGMAG2qGmvZewD4aBZz84Y3lJXPyq3UgtSJh53P3QkulS8-08

https://www.popmech.ru/science/news-699513-muravi-mogut-stat-sredstvom-otpugivaniya-paukov/?from=stars_news_2&fbclid=IwAR3o7x82A4O4A5Eun804ll0k8Uf1L2qiNAU-v230V2W4xS5hSiZnLrXe5ok

Le Journal de Montréal
https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2021/05/19/chasser-les-araignees-des-maisons-avec-des-fourmis-1?fbclid=IwAR3mhK9_75iytqgpTgZhQJlBUMzxp9QhI-5RTc4SzKFfaAJ0KhPsx6NKnec

Science Times
https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/31267/20210519/fire-ants-driven-spiders-away-research.htm?fbclid=IwAR3BlE9eXjwuEt140jaxGZEI1YmaZ3Rkb-WAkp6LA8pwNr8173_i8GPGRIw

phys.org
https://phys.org/news/2021-05-spiders-areas-ants.html

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