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I have a new paper published on nest-defence in Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants. We found that young virgin queens switch to worker behaviour once they lose the prospect of founding their own colony. Normally, virgin queens avoid taking risks because they … Continue reading
Large societies of ants and humans have standing armies with professional soldiers, but smaller societies usually rely on conscription when they are threatened. Leaf-cutting ant societies of intermediate size have evolved the peculiar practice of turning daughter queens that failed … Continue reading
My next conference will be in Lüneburg: It’s the 42nd “Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland”, from 10 to 14 September 2012. Looking forward to seeing you there! I will present work on myrmecophilous cockroaches … Continue reading
This press release is also available in Danish (på Dansk). In social insect colonies, workers generally cooperate within extended families consisting of full- and half-sisters. It has been suggested that they do not behave nepotistically, i.e. prefer to cooperate with … Continue reading
Danish press release, also available in English. Hos sociale insekter, blandt andet hos myrer, har man hidtil antaget, at alle individer i en koloni samarbejder lige godt. Forskere på Københavns universitet og kolleger i Frankrig og Storbritannien har nu vist, … Continue reading
Commentary by Lionel Tiger on off-shore tax evasion, suggesting to use ants as an ideal and referring to Guerrieri et. al 2009, in Forbes.
Another bit on Guerrieri et al. 2009
Article on the up-resent model in a Danish newspaper, with a nice cartoon:
Myrer er ikke i tvivl: Hvem skal lukkes ind, og hvem skal ikke? Har du den forkerte duft kan det betyde en kamp på liv og død, mens myrer med samme duft lukkes ind i myretuens beskyttende fællesskab, viser ny … Continue reading