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Ants plant tomorrow's rainforest

Tropical montane rain forests are highly threatened and their remnants are often surrounded by deforested landscapes. For the regeneration of these degraded areas, seed dispersal of forest trees plays a crucial ...

Mar 20, 2014
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Ants in space

When NC State postdoc Clint Penick collected a group of pavement ants in a small mountain community in Western North Carolina last summer, he never dreamed they'd travel farther than his biology lab in Raleigh. ...

Feb 06, 2014
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Ant diversity marks grassland restoration progress

The more diverse the ant population, the closer a restored section of grassland is to its original state, according to Laura Winkler. The South Dakota State University graduate completed her master's degree ...

Feb 04, 2014
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Ants protect acacia plants against pathogens

The biological term "symbiosis" refers to what economists and politicians usually call a win-win situation: a relationship between two partners which is beneficial to both. The mutualistic association between ...

Jan 15, 2014
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Research shows how plants depend on ants

Temperature, rainfall, soil composition, and sunlight may not be the only contributors to a plant's success. Ants, in their role as seed dispersers, may play an equally important part in determining whether ...

Oct 29, 2013
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