Distributed nestmate recognition in ants

  title={Distributed nestmate recognition in ants},
  author={Fernando Esponda and Deborah M. Gordon},
  booktitle={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
We propose a distributed model of nestmate recognition, analogous to the one used by the vertebrate immune system, in which colony response results from the diverse reactions of many ants. The model describes how individual behaviour produces colony response to non-nestmates. No single ant knows the odour identity of the colony. Instead, colony identity is defined collectively by all the ants in the colony. Each ant responds to the odour of other ants by reference to its own unique decision… CONTINUE READING
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