Distribution and foraging by the leaf-cutting ant, Atta cephalotes L., in coffee plantations with different types of management and landscape contexts, and alternatives to insecticides for its control
Varón Devia, Edgar H.
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Atta cephalotes L., the predominant leaf-cutting ant species found in coffee farMON in the Turrialba region of Costa Rica, is considered a pest of the crop because it removes coffee foliage. I applied agroecosystem and landscape level perspectives to study. A. cephalotes foraging, colony distribution and dynamics in coffee agroecosysteMON in the Turrialba region. I also conducted field assays to assess efects of control methods on colonies of different sizes and to examine the efficacy of alternatives to insecticides.