US 10,888,089 B2
Methods and compositions for controlling fungus-growing ants
Philippe Mora, La Varenne Saint Hilaire (FR); and Léonide Celini, Paris (FR)
Assigned to UNIVERSITE PARIS EST CRETEIL VAL DE MARNE, Creteil (FR)
Appl. No. 16/70,148
Filed by UNIVERSITE PARIS EST CRETEIL VAL DE MARNE, Creteil (FR)
PCT Filed Jan. 13, 2017, PCT No. PCT/EP2017/050726
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Jul. 13, 2018,
PCT Pub. No. WO2017/121881, PCT Pub. Date Jul. 20, 2017.
Claims priority of application No. 16 50318 (FR), filed on Jan. 15, 2016.
Prior Publication US 2019/0021315 A1, Jan. 24, 2019
Int. Cl. A01N 31/08 (2006.01); A01N 31/16 (2006.01); A01N 35/02 (2006.01); A01N 37/44 (2006.01); A01N 59/02 (2006.01); A01N 37/40 (2006.01); A01N 65/24 (2009.01); A01N 65/22 (2009.01); A01N 37/38 (2006.01); A01N 43/08 (2006.01); A01N 43/22 (2006.01); A01N 65/28 (2009.01); A01N 25/00 (2006.01)
CPC A01N 31/08 (2013.01) [A01N 25/002 (2013.01); A01N 31/16 (2013.01); A01N 35/02 (2013.01); A01N 37/38 (2013.01); A01N 37/40 (2013.01); A01N 37/44 (2013.01); A01N 43/08 (2013.01); A01N 43/22 (2013.01); A01N 59/02 (2013.01); A01N 65/22 (2013.01); A01N 65/24 (2013.01); A01N 65/28 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
 
1. A method for controlling fungus-growing ants, the method comprising administering on or around a nest of fungus-growing ants, near or on the fungus-growing ants, and/or in an area to be protected from fungus-growing ants a composition comprising at least one laccase inhibitor selected from the group consisting of
ascorbic acid, citric acid, coumaric acid, ferulic acid, gallic acid, 6-1-palmitylascorbic acid, syringic acid, sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, potassium ascorbate, butylhydroxyanisole, butylhydroxytoluol, cysteine, octyl gallate, dodecyl gallate, glutathione, sodium lactate, potassium lactate, calcium lactate, lecithins, lipoate, carotenoids, carotene, sodium tartrate, potassium tartrate, sodium thiosulfate, vitamin E, synthetic α-tocopherol, synthetic γ-tocopherol, synthetic δ-tocopherol, selenium, hydroxylammonium chloride, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, calcium chloride, rhodotorulic acid, enterobactin, diethyldithiocarbamic acid, sodium azide, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide, sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium cyanide, sodium thiosulphate, oxalic acid, thioglycolic acid, diethyldithiocarbamic acid, Fe2+, Cu2+, Ag+, Li+, Sn+, Hg+, Mn2+, Zn2+, Al3+, thymol, and eugenol;
wherein the fungus-growing ants are killed and/or forced to abandon the nest after coming into contact with the at least one laccase inhibitor.