Evidence for collective medication in ants

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Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
Evidence for collective medication in ants
Périodique
Ecology Letters
Auteur(s)
Christe P., Oppliger Anne, Bancala F., Castella G., Chapuisat M.
ISSN
1461-023X
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2003
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
6
Numéro
1
Pages
19-22
Langue
anglais
Résumé
Social organisms are exposed to many pathogens, and have evolved various defence mechanisms to limit the cost of parasitism. Here we report the first evidence that ants use plant compounds as a collective mean of defence against microorganisms. The wood ants Formica paralugubris often incorporate large quantities of solidified conifer resin into their nests. By creating resin-free and resin-rich experimental nests, we demonstrate that this resin inhibits the growth of microorganisms in a context mimicking natural conditions. Such a collective medication probably confers major ecological advantages, and may be an unrecognized yet common feature of large, complex and successful societies.
Mots-clé
collective medication, Formica paralugubris, host defence, parasitism, resin, wood ants
Web of science
Open Access
Oui
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24/01/2008 20:14
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