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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Refereed Publications: USDA-ARS

2013

Wang, J., Y. Wurm, M. Nipitwattanaphon, O. Riba-Grognuz, Y. Y. Huang, D. Shoemaker, and L. Keller. 2013. A Y-like social chromosome causes alternative colony organization in fire ants. Nature 493: 664-668.

2012

Ingram, K. K., A. Kutowoi, Y. Wurm, D. Shoemaker, R. Meier, and G. Bloch. 2012. The molecular clockwork of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta. PLOS one 7: e45715 (p. 1-11).

Lawson, L. L., R. Vander Meer, and D. Shoemaker. 2012. Male reproductive fitness and queen polyandry are linked to variation in the supergene Gp-9 in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 10: 1-6.

Ometto, L., K. G. Ross, D. Shoemaker, and L. Keller. 2012. Disruption of gene expression in hybrids of the fire ants Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri. Molecular Ecology 21: 2488-2501.

Yang, C. C., M. S. Ascunce, L. Z. Luo, J. G. Shao, C. J. Shih, and D. Shoemaker. 2012. Propagule pressure and colony social organization are associated with the successful invasion and rapid range expansion of fire ants in China. Molecul. Ecol. 21: 817-833.

2011

Ascunce, M. S., C. C. Yang, J. Oakey, L. Calcaterra, W. J. Wu, C. J. Shih, T. Goudet, J., K. G. Ross, and D. Shoemaker. 2011. Global invasion history of the fire Ant Solenopsis invicta. Science 331: 1066-1068.

Bouwma, A. M., and D. Shoemaker. 2011. Wolbachia wSinvictaA infections in natural populations of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta: Testing for phenotypic effects. Journal of Insect Science 11: 1-19 (available online: insectscience.org/11:11).

Choi, M. Y., R. K. Vander Meer, D. D. Shoemaker, and S. M. Valles. 2011. PBAN gene architecture and expression in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. J. Insect Physiol. 57: 161-165.

Gotzek, D., H. M. Robertson, Y. Wurm, and D. D. Shoemaker. 2011. Odorant binding proteins of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta: An example of the problems facing the analysis of widely divergent proteins. PLoS One 6: 1-9.

Hunt, B. G., L. Ometto, Y. Wurm, D. Shoemaker, S. V. Yi, L. Keller, and M. A. D. Goodisman. 2011. Relaxed selection is a precursor to the evolution of phenotypic plasticity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108: 15936-15941.

Ometto, L., D. Shoemaker, K. G. Ross, and L. Keller. 2011. Evolution of gene expression in fire ants: the effects of developmental stage, caste, and species. Molecul. Biol. Evol. 28: 1381-1392.

Wurm, Y., J. Wang, O. Riba-Grognuz, M. Corona, S. Nygaard, B. G. Hunt, K. K. Ingram, L. Falquet, M. Nipitwattanaphon, D. Gotzek, M. B. Dijkstra, J. Oettler, F. Comtesse, C. J. Shih, W. W.J., C. C. Yang, J. Thomas, E. Beaudoing, S. Pradervand, V. Flegel, E. D. Cook, R. Fabbretti, H. Stockinger, L. Long, W. G. Farmerie, J. Oakey, J. J. Boomsma, P. Pamilo, S. V. Yi, J. Heinze, M. A. D. Goodisman, L. Farinelli, K. Harshman, N. Hulo, L. Cerutti, I. Xenarios, D. Shoemaker, and L. Keller. 2011. The genome of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta. PNAS 108: 5679-5684.

2010

Ascunce, M. S., S. M. Valles, D. H. Oi, D. D. Shoemaker, R. M. Plowes, L. E. Gilbert, E. G. Lebrun, H. Sanchez-Arroyo, and S. Sanchez-Pena. 2010. Molecular diversity of the microsporidium Kneallhazia solenopsae reveals an expanded host range among fire ants in North America. J. Invert. Pathol. 105: 279-288.

Gotzek, D., J. Clarke, and D. D. Shoemaker. 2010. Mitochondrial genome evolution in fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 300.

Ross, K. G., D. Gotzek, M. S. Ascunce, and D. D. Shoemaker. 2010. Species delimitation: A case study in a problematic ant taxon. Syst. Biol. 59: 162-184.

Shoemaker, D. D., and M. S. Ascunce. 2010. A new method for distinguishing colony social forms of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. J. Insect Sci. 10:73: (9 pages, available online: insectscience.org/10.73).

Yang, C. C., Y. C. Yu, S. M. Valles, D. H. Oi, Y. C. Chen, D. D. Shoemaker, W. J. Wu, and C. J. Shih. 2010. Loss of microbial (pathogen) infections associated with recent invasions of the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta. Biol. Invasions 12: 3307-3318.

2009

Ascunce, M. S., A. M. Bouwma, and D. D. Shoemaker. 2009. Characterization of 24 microsatellite markers in 11 species of fire ants in the genus Solenopsis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Mol. Ecol. Resour. 9: 1475-1479.

Hahn, D. A., G. J. Ragland, D. D. Shoemaker, and D. L. Denlinger. 2009. Gene discovery using massively parallel pyrosequencing to develop ESTs for the flesh fly Sarcophaga crassipalpis. BMC Genomics 10: 234.

Yang, C. C., D. D. Shoemaker, J. C. Wu, Y. K. Lin, C. C. Lin, W. J. Wu, and C. J. Shih. 2009. Successful establishment of the invasive fire ant Solenopsis invicta in Taiwan: insights into interactions of alternate social forms. Diversity and Distributions 15: 709-719.

2008

Caldera, E. J., K. G. Ross, C. DeHeer, and D. D. Shoemaker. 2008. Putative native source of the invasive fire ant Solenopsis invicta in the USA. Biol. Invasions 10: 1457-1479.

Ross, K. G., and D. D. Shoemaker. 2008. Estimation of the number of founders of an invasive pest insect population: the fire ant Solenopsis invicta in the USA. Proc. Royal Soc. B 275: 2231-2240.

Yang, C. C., D. D. Shoemaker, W. J. Wu, and C. J. Shih. 2008. Population genetic structure of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, in Taiwan. Insectes Sociaux 55: 54-65.

2007

Gotzek, D., D. D. Shoemaker, and K. G. Ross. 2007. Molecular variation at a candidate implicated in the regulation of fire ant social behavior. PLoS ONE 2(11): 1-16 (e1088. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001088).

Ross, K. G., M. J. B. Krieger, L. Keller, and D. D. Shoemaker. 2007. Genetic variation and structure in native populations of the fire ant Solenopsis invicta: evolutionary and demographic implications. Biol. J. Linnean Soc. 92: 541-560.

2006

Shoemaker, D. D., C. DeHeer, M. J. B. Krieger, and K. G. Ross. 2006. Population genetics of the invasive fire ant Solenopsis invicta in the U.S.A. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 99: 1213-1233.


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