Revisiting ants

photo by Aarthi (Flickr – Creative Commons)

Matt Christmas’ post on the work of ants in maintaining plant diversity was published recently in The Conversation here. Nice to see some recognition coming to the humble ant – we tend to take them for granted or be irritated by them, but they perform some very useful functions – aiding biodiversity, as in Matt’s article, maintaining soil health, as in this research paper, disposing of plant and animal waste, and many other benefits.

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