Amazon-like female warriors protect societies of farming ants

September 10, 2012

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 to mate and disperse into life time nest-defenders, reminiscent of mythical female warriors whose normal

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GfÖ Annual Meeting

August 21, 2012

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 that live in leaf-cutter ant colonie, in a Chemical Ecology symposium on Thursday.

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Social insect sisters smell alike

December 29, 2010

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 full-sisters only, because they are not able to distinguish between half- and full sisters Actually,

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(Danish) Søstre dufter ens

December 29, 2010

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, at nepotisme måske også dyrkes blandt sociale insekter. Den harmoniske samfundsstruktur hos sociale insekter står

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(Danish) Duften afgør om du er ven eller fjende

April 14, 2009

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 forskning fra Biologisk Institut ved København Universitet. See the entire press release (in Danish!)  on

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