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Differentiated Anti-Predation Responses in a Superorganism [Plos One]

Keywords : predation, ants, insect pheromones, alarm pheromones, insect physiology, neurons, pheromones, insects

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Insect societies are complex systems, displaying emergent properties much greater than the sum of their individual parts. As such, the concept of these societies as single ‘superorganisms’ is widely applied to describe their organisation and biology. Here, we test the applicability of this concept to the response of social insect colonies to predation during a vulnerable period of their life history. We used the model system of house-hunting behaviour in the ant Temnothorax albipennis.(...)

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