The ecological role of ants in two Mexican agroecosystems

  title={The ecological role of ants in two Mexican agroecosystems},
  author={Stephen J. Risch and C. Ronald Carroll},
The development of the ant communities and their foraging dynamics were studied in two annual agroecosystems of the Mexican tropical lowlands: a “forest milpa” of corn, beans, and squash made by cutting and buring 40-year-old forest, and a “field milpa” of corn, beans, and squash made by plowing 1-year-old second growth. The ant community was sampled using tuna fish baits 26, 52, 110 and 353 days after planting. Although immediately after planting the same number of ant species occurred in each… CONTINUE READING
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