To groom or not to groom? 'Triage' in the ant kingdom

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 08:43 in Biology & Nature

Social ants are masters of cooperative disease defense. They collectively take care of each other to prevent the spread of infections within a colony. But how does an individual ant know whom it should groom? A multidisciplinary team of researchers from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) and the Comenius University Bratislava combined experimental and theoretical approaches to get a detailed look into ants' sanitary decision-making.

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