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Ant nutritional ecology: linking the nutritional niche plasticity on individual and colony-level to community ecology

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Feldhaar, Heike:
Ant nutritional ecology: linking the nutritional niche plasticity on individual and colony-level to community ecology.
In: Current Opinion in Insect Science. Vol. 5 (2014) . - pp. 25-30.
ISSN 2214-5745
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cois.2014.09.007

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By contrast to solitary insects, nutrient intake in social insects has additional levels of complexity as foraging workers must not only collect food that meets their own nutritional needs but also that of other colony members such as larvae or reproductives that differ in nutritional needs. Current needs of a colony are relayed by a chain of demand from larvae to foragers. Ants are able to regulate nutrient intake to optimize colony-level fitness. Strongly imbalanced food sources can have detrimental effects though. Plasticity in nutritional niche (i.e. the ability to maintain high fitness even when strongly imbalanced diets are collected) may feed back into ant community structure by contributing to the niche of a species, limiting ant abundance and diversity.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER125123
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
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
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 500 Natural sciences
500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 08:48
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015 08:48
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/11138