Ants, termites boost wheat yields
(PhysOrg.com) -- In an exciting experiment with major implications for food production under climate change, CSIRO and University of Sydney scientists have found allowing ants and termites to flourish increased ...
Angry wasps deal to their competitors
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists at Victoria University have identified a surprising and previously unknown behaviour in the animal world by studying interactions between native ants and invasive wasps in South Island beech forests.
Can bees color maps better than ants?
In mathematics, you need at most only four different colors to produce a map in which no two adjacent regions have the same color. Utah and Arizona are considered adjacent, but Utah and New Mexico, which only share a point, ...
Big and mean seems to beat small and green, at least among ants
(PhysOrg.com) -- Small ants may use fewer resources, but energy-hogging big ants tend to win evolution's turf wars, according to a study by Yale scientists.
Study traces global red imported fire ant invasions to Southern US
Red imported fire ant invasions around the globe in recent years can now be traced to the southern U.S., where the nuisance insect gained a foothold in the 1930s, new University of Florida research has found.
Texas-bound: Fungus keeps Texas leaf-cutter ants from spreading
(PhysOrg.com) -- Texas winters may seem mild to those who move here from farther north, but they can be hard to adjust to for immigrants from warmer climates. This is true not only for people but for ants ...
Leader-less ants make super efficient networks
(PhysOrg.com) -- Ants are able to connect multiple sites in the shortest possible way, and in doing so, create efficient transport networks, according to a University of Sydney study published in the Journ ...
Leafcutter ant genome reveals secrets of fungus farming ways
Leafcutter ants, signature denizens of New World tropical forests, are unique in their ability to harvest fresh leaves to cultivate a nutrient-rich fungus as food.
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.
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.
Studying ants to find out how colony size affects patterns of behavior, energy use
(PhysOrg.com) -- How does size affect the organization and physiology of superorganisms such as bacterial communities, insect colonies or human cities? James Waters and Tate Holbrook, graduate students in ...
Larger groups make better decisions
(PhysOrg.com) -- A study at the University of Sydney shows for the first time that larger social groups make faster, safer and more accurate decisions.
When their tools get dull, leaf-cutters switch jobs (w/ Video)
When their razor-sharp mandibles wear out, leaf-cutter ants change jobs, remaining productive while letting their more efficient sisters take over cutting, say researchers from two Oregon universities.
Ants compete, recruit to identify best colony (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Professor Stephen Pratt studies how small ant colonies pick a new nest when theirs is destroyed or is no longer viable, and has found that the "brain" of the colony is distributed throughout ...