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Ants' ecosystem role is 'key'

Research by the University of Exeter has revealed that ants have a big impact on their local environment as a result of their activity as 'ecosystem engineers' and predators.

Jan 31, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

Island-scale study reveals climate-change effects

(PhysOrg.com) -- A large-scale UC Davis experiment with ants, lizards and seaweed on a dozen Caribbean islands shows that predicting the effects of environmental change on complex natural ecosystems requires a large laboratory.

Jan 31, 2011 4 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

Leaf-cutter ants

Leaf-cutter ants put on quite a show. In established colonies, millions of "workers" cut and carry sections of leaves larger than their own bodies as part of a well choreographed, highly functioning society.

Nov 08, 2010 5 / 5 (2) 0