The Role of Colony Size on Tunnel Branching Morphogenesis in Ant Nests

  title={The Role of Colony Size on Tunnel Branching Morphogenesis in Ant Nests},
  author={Jacques Gautrais and J{\'e}r{\^o}me Buhl and Sergi Valverde and Pascale Kuntz and Guy Theraulaz and Judith Korb},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Many ant species excavate nests that are made up of chambers and interconnecting tunnels. There is a general trend of an increase in nest complexity with increasing population size. This complexity reflects a higher ramification and anastomosis of tunnels that can be estimated by the meshedness coefficient of the tunnelling networks. It has long been observed that meshedness increases with colony size within and across species, but no explanation has been provided so far. Since colony size is a… CONTINUE READING
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