Interview: Hanging Around in the Rainforest

In a reversal of roles, I’m on somebody else’s podcast…talking about my own research: “Insect biologist Elsa Youngsteadt explains to Curiouser & Curiouser host Jai Ranganathan why tropical ants create gardens up in trees.”
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Why Ant-garden Ants Carry Seeds

Divergent Chemical Cues Elicit Seed Collecting by Ants in an Obligate Multi-Species Mutualism in Lowland Amazonia

from PLoS ONE
December 30, 2010 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015822)

(OK, not exactly a clip. Still clearing old grad school research off the desk, and here’s the latest. Short version: Ant-garden ants carry seeds of several plant species, but it’s not because those seeds have the . . . → Read More: Why Ant-garden Ants Carry Seeds