In the News: Honeybee Cooties

from American Scientist
March-April 2011

For bees and wasps, flowers may be as germy as a kindergarten sandbox. Also in this issue’s news roundup: The Vikings might have taken a Native American woman back to Iceland. Data collected in the 1970s finally reveal the moon’s molten core. And more.

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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

Forget Mice, Elephants Really Hate Ants

from ScienceNOW Daily News
2 September 2010

A nose full of biting ants can really spoil your appetite. Especially if your nose is 3 meters long. African bush elephants (Loxodonta africana) avoid this discomfort by refusing to munch on acacia trees that house swarming ant colonies. Their aversion, a new study suggests, helps maintain the savanna’s delicate balance . . . → Read More: Forget Mice, Elephants Really Hate Ants