A new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience suggests ants may have become so adept at collecting and replanting trees that they may have surpassed humans as the world’s most successful tree collectors.
The study, which involved the ants and a number of other species, showed that a group of species had evolved an efficient, and very simple, way of harvesting large areas of wood that could then be recycled into new trees.
“A lot of our current thinking about tree conservation is that we’re going to have to wait for humans to be around for this,” said Dr. Daniel Bostrom, a professor of biological sciences at Columbia University and the co-author of the study.
“But this paper is really a glimpse of what we might be able to do with this technology.”
Bostrom and his co-authors spent a year studying a tree-replanting fungus known as Antikytherae Mechanicus (AM) in the genus Antherae.
They found that AM, a parasitic species of the fungus, could be cultivated and grown by ants in a relatively simple and predictable way.
In a series of experiments, the ants were shown a variety of wood samples that contained trees that were not replanted.
Some of these wood samples contained trees with a high degree of ant activity.
In others, the wood samples did not contain any ants at all.
In one experiment, the researchers found that the ants could grow a new tree with a much higher degree of activity.
In another experiment, they were shown several trees in different stages of decay.
These included ones that had already been replanted with ants, or that were completely gone.
In each of these experiments, they found that ants were able to successfully harvest the wood that was not replatted.
Bostom said that the new ant species was able to harvest more than 75 percent of the wood.
In the third experiment, Bostoms team also showed that ants could effectively harvest trees that had been damaged by a fungus called Antheria.
The researchers found the ants did this in a very predictable and predictable manner, with no errors.
The researchers found this was not only because of the complexity of the process, but also because the ants had evolved a simple way of getting the wood out of the tree without damaging the tree.
The team did this by creating a “dissolvable” wood.
They made a tree that had a large amount of holes, which they could then insert their ants into to create a tree with the holes they wanted.
Bostoms group said that this was the first time they had found a way to harvest the leaves from trees without damaging them.
“It’s not clear why we haven’t done this before,” Bostomes team said.
“We have a long history of finding methods for this, and it’s not a new discovery.
The question is, how are we going to do it?”
The team also found that it was not clear whether ants could replicate this process.
They did find that ants had a much better success rate than humans when replanting the same wood.
“We’re not saying that we can’t replicate this,” Biskoms said.
However, the team said that in most cases, it took the ants 10 to 15 minutes to harvest each piece of wood, which meant they needed to wait longer for the wood to be harvested.
“So it’s very easy to have a very simple and very efficient way to get the wood, and yet, the efficiency of this method is not very good,” Bopom said.
The paper, published in Nature Geocens, provides a unique insight into ants as a tree collector.
Bopoms team said the ants that had collected the wood were able “to rapidly and accurately harvest and recycle large quantities of wood.”
The paper also found evidence that ants are better at collecting the leaves than we are.
They were able in some cases to collect and re-use leaves that were already in the tree, rather than re-cutting the trees.
The research was conducted by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithsophysics.