Structure and formation of ant transportation networks.

  title={Structure and formation of ant transportation networks.},
  author={Tanya Latty and Kai Ramsch and Kentaro Ito and Toshiyuki Nakagaki and David J T Sumpter and Martin Middendorf and Madeleine Beekman},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  volume={8 62},
Many biological systems use extensive networks for the transport of resources and information. Ants are no exception. How do biological systems achieve efficient transportation networks in the absence of centralized control and without global knowledge of the environment? Here, we address this question by studying the formation and properties of inter-nest transportation networks in the Argentine ant (Linepithema humile). We find that the formation of inter-nest networks depends on the number… CONTINUE READING
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