How do ants respond when individuals in their colony become sick?
As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we humans have had to alter our own social behavior to reduce the spread of disease. Similarly, when illness pops up in ant colonies, ants, too, will alter their own social behaviors to combat the spread of disease. Interestingly, there is no single way ants respond to infectious disease -- some species increase social contacts with infected individuals, and other species reduce contact with infected individuals. In this talk, Lindsey will review a paper from Yuko Ulrich’s group that explores what the decision process looks like for clonal raider ants when it comes to the presence of infectious illness in their colonies.
We are discussing:
Alciatore G, Ugelvig LV, Frank E, Bidaux J, Gal A, Schmitt T, Kronauer DJC, Ulrich Y. 2021 Immune challenges increase network centrality in a queenless ant. Proc. R. Soc. B 288: 20211456. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2021.1456
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