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Ant-plant partnerships may play unexpected role in ant evolution
Partnerships between ant and plant species appear to arise from -- but not drive -- rapid diversification of ants into new species. (2019-10-03)
How fungus-farming ants could help solve our antibiotic resistance problem
For the last 60 million years, fungus-growing ants have farmed fungi for food. (2019-09-26)
Animal collectives like ants should move through their environment like 'savvy gamblers'
Many animals have to move around in their environment to find resources to live and reproduce. (2019-08-06)
Ants that defend plants receive sugar and protein
The aggressiveness of ants in arid environments with scarce food supply helps protect plants against herbivorous arthropods. (2019-07-17)
How invading fungus forces zombie ant's death grip
Infected by a parasitic fungus, carpenter ants lose free will and die after clamping their mandibles (jaws) onto a twig or leaf vein. (2019-07-17)
Australian ants prepared for 'Insect Armageddon'
La Trobe University researchers have uncovered an exception to the global phenomenon known as 'Insect Armageddon' in the largest study of Australian insect populations conducted to date. (2019-07-16)
Timing is everything for the mutualistic relationship between ants and acacias
Ant-acacia plants attract ants by offering specialized food and hollow thorns in which the ants live, while the ant colony in turn defends its acacia against herbivores. (2019-07-16)
Robot-ants that can jump, communicate with each other and work together
A team of EPFL researchers has developed tiny 10-gram robots that are inspired by ants: they can communicate with each other, assign roles among themselves and complete complex tasks together. (2019-07-10)
No escape for mosquitoes
Venus flytraps are capable of detecting the movements of even the smallest insects. (2019-07-08)
Ant farmers boost plant nutrition
Research, led by Dr. Guillaume Chomicki from the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, has demonstrated that millions of years of ant agriculture has remodeled plant physiology. (2019-06-24)
Distinguishing helpful and harmful gut immune cells offers new view on inflammatory diseases
A type of immune cell that contributes to inflammatory bowel disease exists in two forms, 'good' and 'bad.' A new Crick-led study in Immunity has characterized these distinct populations, which could help scientists to develop treatments targeting inflammation while preserving healthy gut function. (2019-06-19)
Ants maintain essential interactions despite environmental flux
Ants adjust their social interactions to accommodate changes in population density, according to researchers at Penn State and Georgetown University. (2019-06-12)
Ant reactions to habitat disruptions inform a result of evolution, according to Conco
Concordia University biology professor Jean-Philippe Lessard reviews the ant traits system developed by Alan Andersen and calls for the creation of a global framework to help categorize the world's ant population. (2019-06-04)
Chimps caught crabbing
Kyoto University researchers report on chimpanzees in Guinea fishing and consuming freshwater crabs, something previously undiscovered. (2019-05-29)
Chimpanzees catch and eat crabs
Chimpanzees have a mainly vegetarian diet, but do occasionally eat meat. (2019-05-29)
Seven seconds of Spiderman viewing yields a 20% phobia symptom reduction
As the Marvel Avenger Endgame premieres in movie theaters this week, researchers have published a new article in Frontiers in Psychology which reveals that exposure to Spiderman and Antman movie excerpts decreases symptoms of spider and ant phobias, respectively. (2019-04-23)
These beetles have successfully freeloaded for 100 million years
An ancient and rare beetle fossil is the oldest example of a social relationship between two animal species. (2019-04-17)
Entomologists uncover Florida fire ant matriarchy
Researchers at the University of Georgia have found colonies of tropical fire ants, native to Florida and coastal Georgia, that thrive with multiple queens and in close proximity to single-queen colonies of the same species. (2019-04-15)
Compound that kills drug-resistant fungi is isolated from ant microbiota
A project conducted by researchers in Brazil and the US investigated bacteria living in symbiosis with insects as a source for novel drugs. (2019-04-04)
Thirteen new ant species discovered in Hong Kong
Dr. Benoit Guénard and his team from the School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong have recently expanded the knowledge on Hong Kong ants by adding 13 new species, of which three are newly described in the world, but five are unwelcome new non-native species. (2019-04-03)
Ant larvae fight the offspring of parasitic queens
The eggs of a parasitic ant queen living off a foreign species may end up as food for the larvae of the host species. (2019-03-20)
Insect food webs
Biological diversity stabilizes species interactions. (2019-03-06)
Ant societies' arms race: Gene activity in defenders depends on invading slavemaking ants
Temnothorax americanus is a slavemaking ant found in northeastern America. (2019-02-28)
Jumping spider mimics two kinds of ants as it grows
Spiders that pretend to be ants to fool predators have an unusual problem when it comes to sex. (2019-02-27)
New chimpanzee culture discovered
Different cultures, different habits and different behavioral patterns -- this applies not only to humans but also to chimpanzees, one of our two closest living relatives. (2019-02-25)
Mega experiment shows species interact more towards tropics and lowlands
One of the largest field experiments ever conducted is providing the best evidence yet in support of a key Darwinian theory -- that interactions between species are stronger toward the tropics and at lower elevations. (2019-02-20)
From vibrations alone, acacia ants can tell nibbles from the wind
Researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology on Feb. 14 find that the ants of the acacia tree are tipped off to the presence of herbivores by vibrations that run throughout the trees when an animal gets too close or begins to chew. (2019-02-14)
The first walking robot that moves without GPS
Desert ants are extraordinary solitary navigators. Researchers at CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, in the Institut des Sciences du Mouvement -- Étienne Jules Marey (ISM), were inspired by these ants as they designed AntBot, the first walking robot that can explore its environment randomly and go home automatically, without GPS or mapping. (2019-02-13)
Urban biodiversity: Remarkable diversity of small animals in Basel gardens
Gardens in urban areas can harbor a remarkable diversity of species. (2019-01-30)
It's a bird-eat-bird world
Baby birds and eggs are on the menu for at least 94 species of animals in Australia's forests and woodlands, according to new research from the University of Queensland. (2019-01-24)
Having stressed out ancestors improves immune response to stress
Having ancestors who were frequently exposed to stressors can improve one's own immune response to stressors, according to Penn State researchers. (2019-01-22)
Identifying 'friends' in an objective manner
Dr. Teruyoshi Kobayashi of Kobe University and his team developed a new method for identifying individuals that have essential connections between them -- what they call 'significant ties'. (2019-01-16)
Ozaena ground beetles likely parasitize ants throughout their life cycle
Ozaena ground beetles likely have anatomical adaptations enabling them to parasitize ant nests throughout their life cycle, according to a study published Jan. (2019-01-16)
Revealed: Termites mitigate effects of drought in tropical rainforests
A major new study by the University of Liverpool and the Natural History Museum has discovered that termites mitigate against the effects of drought in tropical rain forests. (2019-01-10)
UM researchers: Leafcutter ants emit as much N2O as wastewater treatment tanks
Tropical forests are one of the largest natural sources of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O), and a tiny insect may play a big role in how those emissions are spread out across the landscape. (2019-01-08)
Stick insects: Egg-laying techniques reveal new evolutionary map
Scientists have created the best map of stick-insect evolution to date by combining DNA analysis and knowledge of their varied egg-laying techniques. (2018-12-19)
Recruiting ants to fight weeds on the farm
Harvester ants that eat weed seeds on the soil's surface can help farmers manage weeds on their farms, according to an international team of researchers, who found that tilling less to preserve the ants could save farmers fuel and labor costs, as well as preserve water and improve soil quality. (2018-12-18)
Lizards adapt to invasive fire ants, reversing geographical patterns of lizard traits
Some lizards in the eastern U.S. have adapted to invasive fire ants--which can bite, sting, and kill lizards--reversing geographical trends in behavioral and physical traits used to avoid predators. (2018-11-29)
Mammal-like milk provisioning and parental care discovered in jumping spider
Recently, researchers at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences report milk provisioning in Toxeus magnus (Araneae: Salticidae), a jumping spider that mimics ants. (2018-11-29)
Effort clarifies major branch of insect tree of life
The insects known as Hemiptera are not a particularly glamorous bunch. (2018-11-26)
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