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Dominant Ants are valuable in Tropical Plantations

In conjunction with Brazilian co-workers, Jonathan Majer has published a paper
Structural changes in arboreal ant assemblages (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in an age sequence of cocoa plantations in the south‐east of Bahia, Brazil that looks at how tree-living ant assemblages develop as cocoa plantations mature from planting to fully developed. Knowledge of this is important as some, but not all of the ant species are important biological control agents. The paper shows that succession of dominant ants is not a predicable process and may depend on which species are the first to colonize and also by the presence of invasive species. The full paper may be accessed by clicking the link.

Posted: Nov 01, 2014