Individual Complexity and Self-Organization in Foraging by Leaf-Cutting Ants

@article{Roces2002IndividualCA,
  title={Individual Complexity and Self-Organization in Foraging by Leaf-Cutting Ants},
  author={F. Roces},
  journal={The Biological Bulletin},
  year={2002},
  volume={202},
  pages={306 - 313}
}
  • F. Roces
  • Published 2002
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The Biological Bulletin
Leaf-cutting ants cut vegetation into small fragments that they transport to the nest, where a symbiotic fungus cultivated by the ants processes the material. Since the harvested leaf fragments are incorporated into the fungus garden and not directly consumed by the workers, it is expected that foraging workers select plants by responding to those physical or chemical traits that promote maximal fungal growth, irrespective of the potential direct effects of these leaf features on them. In this… Expand
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