Ants ordering ants to feed

Waxman, David (2002) Ants ordering ants to feed. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 17 (3). pp. 103-104. ISSN 0169-5347

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In a recent paper, M. Beekman and co-workers carried out experimental and theoretical investigations into the behaviour of a biological system consisting of a colony of Pharaoh's ants. By manipulating the colony, the foraging behaviour of the ants was, remarkably, shown to be capable of undergoing a transition between a disordered and an ordered state that was directly analogous to a phase transition in a physical system.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: behavioural transition; self-organisation; phase transition; foraging; ants; animal behaviour; Ecology; Evolution
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biology and Environmental Science
Depositing User: David Waxman
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:19
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 08:59
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