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Exploring collective personality through transplants, soil nutrients, and ontogeny in the Azteca-Cecropia mutualism

Social Insect Research Group with Peter Marting

Peter Marting, Graduate student, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Azteca ants live inside and protect Cecropia trees that provide them with nutritious food bodies. Colonies substantially and consistently differ from one another for a suite of behavioral traits. I explore these colony-level behavioral differences across life stages and attempt to disentangle causal factors using field-transplanted colonies in a soil nutrient greenhouse experiment.

 

Friday, Oct. 28 | 2 - 3 p.m.
Room: 
401
Location: 
ISTB1
Campus: 
Tempe
Price: 
Free