Quorum sensing by encounter rates in the ant Temnothorax albipennis

  title={Quorum sensing by encounter rates in the ant Temnothorax albipennis},
  author={Stephen C Pratt},
Emigrating colonies of the ant Temnothorax (formerly Leptothorax) albipennis can choose the best of several nest sites, even when the active ants organizing the move do not compare sites. This collective ability depends on a quorum rule used by ants assessing a candidate site. Only when the site’s population has surpassed a threshold do they switch from slow recruitment of fellow active ants by tandem runs to rapid transport of the majority of the colony. Here, I show that ants perceive the… CONTINUE READING
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