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The lives of ants

Author: Laurent Keller; Élisabeth Gordon
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A comprehensive study of ants that discusses their effect on environment, colonies, division of labor, communication systems, family models, relations with plants and animals, genes, and other related topics; and includes illustrations.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laurent Keller; Élisabeth Gordon
ISBN: 9780199541874 0199541876
OCLC Number: 441191884
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: This ed. originally published: 2009.
Description: xii, 252 pages [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Figure acknowledgements --
Introduction --
pt. 1 : An Ecological success story --
Anywhere and everywhere --
On tastes and colours --
The Secrets of success --
A Huge impact on the environment --
A Long long story --
pt. 2 : Social life --
The Birth of the colony --
Division of labour --
Let slip the ants of war --
Flexible work arrangements --
Communication systems --
Family models --
Parasites and slave-makers --
pt. 3 : Nowt so rum as ants! --
Army ants --
We work at the weaver's trade --
Navigators who never lose their way --
Honeypots --
pt. 4 : Advantageous liaisons --
Colonies and their livestock --
Ant trees --
Attines and fungus getting on famously --
pt. 5 : Bloody pests! --
Stand by for invaders! --
Supercolonies --
pt. 6 : Kith and kin --
Genetic altruism and sociality --
Family feuds --
Nepotism or not? --
Caste struggles --
Anything goes --
pt. 7 : Sociogenetics --
Genes and family structure --
The Genomics of behaviour --
So what's so special about the genome of fire ants? --
pt. 8 : High-tech ants --
Computer-modelling behaviour --
Of ants and IT men --
Swarm robotics --
Conclusion --
Further reading --
Species index --
General index.
Other Titles: Vie des fourmis.
Responsibility: by Laurent Keller and Élisabeth Gordon ; translated by James Grieve.
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