Asian weaver ants, Oecophylla smaragdina, and their repelling of pollinators

  title={Asian weaver ants, Oecophylla smaragdina, and their repelling of pollinators},
  author={Kazuki Tsuji and Ahsol Hasyim and Harlion and Koji Nakamura},
  journal={Ecological Research},
The Asian weaver ant, Oecophylla smaragdina, is known to have outstanding predatory power. This ant can protect the host plants from attacks of phytophagous insects and therefore has been used for biological control in the tropics. We present evidence for a possible negative effect of Oecophylla on the performance of host plants. Our observation in a fruit orchard of rambutan in Sumatra suggested that the presence of Oecohylla nests on the trees statistically significantly lowered the flower… 

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