Ant workers die young and colonies collapse when fed a high-protein diet.

@article{Dussutour2012AntWD,
  title={Ant workers die young and colonies collapse when fed a high-protein diet.},
  author={Audrey Dussutour and Stephen J. Simpson},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2012},
  volume={279 1737},
  pages={2402-8}
}
A key determinant of the relationship between diet and longevity is the balance of protein and carbohydrate in the diet. Eating excess protein relative to carbohydrate shortens lifespan in solitary insects. Here, we investigated the link between high-protein diet and longevity, both at the level of individual ants and colonies in black garden ants, Lasius niger. We explored how lifespan was affected by the dietary protein-to-carbohydrate ratio and the duration of exposure to a high-protein diet… CONTINUE READING
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