Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies

Abstract

The brood of ants and other social insects is highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly those that penetrate the soft larval and pupal cuticle. We here test whether the presence of a pupal cocoon, which occurs in some ant species but not in others, affects the sanitary brood care and fungal infection patterns after exposure to the entomopathogenic… (More)
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-13-225

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