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IMPACT OF LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT ON HOUSE MICE (MUS MUSCULUS) AND RED IMPORTED FIRE ANTS (SOLENOPSIS INVICTA)

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Date Issued:
2011
Abstract/Description:
Understanding of mechanisms that limit the abundance and distribution of species is central to ecology. The failure of mechanisms to regulate populations can result in population outbreaks. There have been two outbreaks of house mice in the past decade in central Florida. In my study, I examine the efficacy of landscape management in the form of mowing and plowed soil barriers to limit or prevent outbreaks of house mice in a former agricultural area. House mouse populations were highly variable, but were unaffected by mowing or plowed soil barriers. Red imported fire ants were ubiquitous in the study area regardless of land management treatments. Control of fire ants did not result in more house mice on treated plots.
Title: IMPACT OF LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT ON HOUSE MICE (MUS MUSCULUS) AND RED IMPORTED FIRE ANTS (SOLENOPSIS INVICTA).
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Name(s): Abelson, Jesse, Author
Jenkins, David, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Understanding of mechanisms that limit the abundance and distribution of species is central to ecology. The failure of mechanisms to regulate populations can result in population outbreaks. There have been two outbreaks of house mice in the past decade in central Florida. In my study, I examine the efficacy of landscape management in the form of mowing and plowed soil barriers to limit or prevent outbreaks of house mice in a former agricultural area. House mouse populations were highly variable, but were unaffected by mowing or plowed soil barriers. Red imported fire ants were ubiquitous in the study area regardless of land management treatments. Control of fire ants did not result in more house mice on treated plots.
Identifier: CFE0003590 (IID), ucf:48899 (fedora)
Note(s): 2011-05-01
M.S.
Sciences, Department of Biology
Masters
This record was generated from author submitted information.
Subject(s): land management
house mouse
red imported fire ant
population regulation
population outbreak
habitat manipulation
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0003590
Restrictions on Access: public 2011-03-01
Host Institution: UCF

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