How ants use quorum sensing to estimate the average quality of a fluctuating resource

@inproceedings{Franks2015HowAU,
  title={How ants use quorum sensing to estimate the average quality of a fluctuating resource},
  author={Nigel R. Franks and Jonathan P. Stuttard and Carolina Doran and Julian C. Esposito and Maximillian C. Master and Ana B. Sendova-Franks and Naoki Masuda and N. F. Britton},
  booktitle={Scientific reports},
  year={2015}
}
We show that one of the advantages of quorum-based decision-making is an ability to estimate the average value of a resource that fluctuates in quality. By using a quorum threshold, namely the number of ants within a new nest site, to determine their choice, the ants are in effect voting with their feet. Our results show that such quorum sensing is compatible with homogenization theory such that the average value of a new nest site is determined by ants accumulating within it when the nest site… CONTINUE READING
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