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Ants have different ‘standards’ when it comes to choosing a home

12 June 2015

Ants use collective decision-making to select the best option when choosing a new home.

Until now, the exact way in which they do this has puzzled researchers. A new study, led by the University of Bristol and published in Royal Society Open Science, found that while some are happy to slum it out in anything with a roof, others are so choosy that even the equivalent of a mansion will not satisfy them.

Further information

Computational model of collective nest selection by ants with heterogeneous acceptance thresholds by Naoki Masuda, Thomas A. O'shea-Wheller, Carolina Doran, Nigel R. Franks in Royal Society Open Science.

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