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Ants grow the size of their thoracic segments differently according to the specialized tasks they will perform as adults.
The development of agriculture was a significant event in human cultural evolution, but we are not the only organisms to have adopted an agricultural way of life.
Scientists at the University of East Anglia, have shown that fungus-farming ants are using multiple antibiotics as weed killers to maintain their fungus gardens.
Fungus-farming ants have cultivated the same fungal crops for 50 million years.
Leafcutter ants are found in warmer regions of Central and South America. These remarkable social insects have evolved an advanced agricultural system. They feed on a specialized fungus that grows only in the underground chambers of the ants' nest. The ants actively cultivate their fungus, feeding it with freshly-cut vegetation and maintaining it free from pests and weeds. This is done by a symbiotic relationship with a colony of bacteria that grows on the ants that protect the fungus. The...
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