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Development of a chemically defined diet for ants

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Straka, J. ; Feldhaar, Heike:
Development of a chemically defined diet for ants.
In: Insectes Sociaux. Vol. 54 (2007) Issue 1 . - pp. 100-104.
ISSN 0020-1812
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00040-007-0910-4

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A chemically defined diet is a useful tool for the study of nutritional physiology of organisms. We have developed such a diet for Camponotus carpenter ants to facilitate experiments on nutritional requirements of these ants. Worker colonies of Camponotus floridanus were fed with a chemically defined diet, containing all essential minerals, amino acids, vitamins, growth factors and sucrose in an agar matrix. After 13 weeks, neither the number of raised pupae, their dry weight, nor the mortality of workers in subcolonies fed with this diet differed significantly from control colonies fed with Bhatkar-Whitcomb-agar, in addition to cockroaches and diluted honey. Therefore, this diet is adequate for a normal brood production and a maximal growth rate of C floridanus larvae, at least for a period of three months. This diet should be suitable for ants that are able to feed on agar-based food resources in general.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: Corrigendum in: Insectes Sociaux 54 (2): 202 (doi:10.1007/s00040-007-0934-9), failure in vol 54, pg 100, 2007
BAYCEER102045
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Heike Feldhaar
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Professorship Animal Population Ecology
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
Date Deposited: 04 May 2015 11:49
Last Modified: 04 May 2015 11:49
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/11136