Ant-Plant Sociometry Paper Published Today

Our latest paper was published today in the open access journal Scientific Reports! In "Ant-plant sociometry," we detail the intimately intertwined biology of the ants and their host. But just how intimate is this relationship? Looking at meticulous details revealed the intertwined biology of these partners goes beyond a simple protection mutualism. Plant features relate to colony growth, how ants are distributed inside the tree, and the size of the workers.  However, colony aggression is not related to the host plant. Discovering the new depths of this relationship helps us understand how these organisms evolved together and why they are so successful today. Read the full text here: