Ants feed tree they live in, study suggests

02/12/2014 | New Scientist

Ants not only offer protection for the Humboldtia brunonis tree in India, they also feed it, according to a report in Functional Ecology. Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science added a radioactive isotope to sugar fed to whitefooted house ants, which act as protectors to the tree they call home, as well as to another species of ant that lives in the tree but does not provide any protection. When they studied the tree's tissue, researchers found traces of the sugar, indicating it received sustenance from both species.

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