Special Issue "Ants as Partners and Hosts"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 June 2020) | Viewed by 6291
Interests: behavioural ecology and sociobiology, biology of ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) and other insects studied with a multidisciplinary approach (behavioural, morpho-functional, ecological and evolutionary)
Interests: ethology; behavioural ecology; mutualism; social immunity; ant-plant relationships; ants as a tool in robotics and swarm intelligence
The numerical dominance and ecological ubiquity of ants have led them to interact with many different organisms co-existing in the same biotope, thereby leading to an exceptionally wide range of relationships— from mutualistic to detrimental ones.
The complexity of their social organization allows the ants to control their physical environment, to overcome competitors and to exploit resources in an efficient way. This makes the ants an ideal partner for developing mutualistic relationships. On the other side, the same properties, as well as their ubiquity and the increased sanitary risks associated to their social life, make the ants a suitable target for parasites and pathogens, at different levels of the biological organization, from the individual to the superorganism.
Ants can thus establish a complex network of interactions with virtually every biotic component of their ecosystems, ranging from microorganisms to fungi, and from other animals to plants. This Special Issue will include original research articles and reviews by leading research entomologists and associated experts. Articles will focus on the latest developments in the study of interactions involving ants as partners or hosts of other organisms, from parasitism and opportunism to occasional mutualism and obligate symbiosis.
We feel this topic may be of general interest since interactions among organisms, even belonging to different kingdoms, are receiving increasing attention both for their ecological implications and as an interpretative tool in evolutionary and behavioural biology, genetics, immunology, development and physiology.
Prof. Donato Antonio Grasso
Prof. Claire Detrain
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- behavioural ecology