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Ants Have Big Impact on Environment as 'Ecosystem Engineers'

Environment  (tags: Ants, Environment, Ecosystem, science )

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Research by the University of Exeter has revealed that ants have a big impact on their local environment as a result of their activity as 'ecosystem engineers' and predators.


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Rajee Seetharam (138)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 1:40 am
No judging by the size!! I've always been fascinated by ants and their activities...noted with thanks.

Süheyla C (234)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 1:58 am
Thanks Anna noted

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 2:23 am
Thanks Anna.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 7:31 am
TY Anna. noted & article saved

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 8:14 am
In other words....ants are like people. At low - population - levels we have a positive effect on our environment. At - higher - population levels we have a more "conteract the positive influence".

Sue Matheson (79)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 9:39 am
noted. thanks.

Vallee R (280)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 9:59 am
They are amazing creatures. Cross-posted.

Gvapo T (22)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 10:06 am
interesting article! :)
thanks for sharing ;)

Patricia Myers (73)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 10:55 am
thankyou ana amazing these tiny creatures. Wonderful article

Mary L (132)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 11:34 am
Always love the science articles you find Anna, Thank you. :-)

Emily Sheety (0)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 12:57 pm
All creatures great and small have an impact on our environment. It is the imbalance that we are creating that upsets the cycle of things. Thanks for the article!

C L B (0)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 2:02 pm
This is really interesting -- thanks!

Ramona Thompson (210)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 2:32 pm
Good article. These tiny creatures mean, and do, so much for the planet.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 2:33 pm
I think ants are fascinating , they never stop , don't like them in the house .

Jenni Lawton (6)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 2:46 pm
They really are interesting. I saved one from my sink yesterday, and put it in a tank with sand and food bits until I could take it outside. It was fascinating to watch while I was doing the dishes!

Kathlene L (30)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 2:56 pm
The only surprising thing is that they had to do a study to figure this out. Anyone who has ever observed ants at work or in an ant farm knows that they are little miracles of nature. What they can accomplish in the course of a few days puts humans to shame!

Carol C (97)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 3:10 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 3:55 pm
I love to watch ants at work. I have noticed that if one ant is carrying a load that is too heavy, another ant will come along and help. A lesson humans could certainly learn from.

Clifton Jackson (124)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 4:00 pm
I'll never kick another Ant hill again!!!

Mike S (86)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 4:07 pm
Fascinating. Noted and thank you Anna.

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 4:11 pm
They are hard working little creatures. They are not lazy like some humans.

Carol H (229)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 5:05 pm
thanks Anna, noted

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 5:09 pm
We have ants everywhere in New Mexico. Two species live fairly close together, one aggressive and bite, dark brown, the other too busy to care if human is near. Their underground networks goes for miles I have read. Then teeny tiny house ants, all within a quarter acre.

Sonny Honrado (5)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 5:14 pm
there is a lesson to be learned from these ants in fields lie architecture, air conditioning and even social actions.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 5:23 pm
Ants become very very busy prior to heavy rain.

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 5:56 pm
Many ants are so sweet. I feed them outside to keep them there. Whenever I stop, they come into the studio, and the president sees them travelling through along the carpet, but does not make the connection in his mind to how helping them to survive keeps them at home! It is hard to make it here in the summer, as there is lack of water, too. We see ants and prairie dogs living in sand along the street curbs ! How can they live without human help?

Charlene Rush (2)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 6:22 pm
The fact that ants work in large groups and are able to communicate to such a successful degree, is a lesson, we humans have yet to learn.
We humans, permit influencial people to divide and conquer us, while the ants use their small brains to stick together for positive results.
I suspect, the ant still has lessons to teach us.

Eternal G (736)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 6:23 pm
The only drawback being their interdependence with aphids!!!

Parvinder kaur (45)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 8:48 pm
noone or nothing is useless in nature ..VALUE EVERYTHING BEFORE WE LOOSE THEM ..And ourselves in a matter of time..ACT NOW

Constance F (418)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 10:58 pm
Fascinating. ' A low density of ants in area increaed the diversity and density of the animals in the local area...At higher densities ants had no or the opposite effect, showing that predation is counteracting the positive influence.' Sounds familar, huh?

William Y (54)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 11:28 pm
I have been fascinated by ants since I was a child. The only time I somewhat lost the fascination was my being stationed in Texas and my first confrontation with Southern Fire Ants OUCH!!!!!!

Teresa W (782)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 12:32 am

Shannon Hudgens (18)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 12:33 am
Noted thanks for posting!

Colin Hope (243)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 1:34 am
God bless the little ant and her often unseen contributions, only wish our politicians would work in a similar manner, they would loose some weight!

Bon L (0)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 4:46 am
Thanks for the info.

Justin R (0)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 7:14 am
My grandfather was not a scientist but told me the importance of ants when I was little girl!

So why do we need to spend million$$$$ on something obvious?

Nuke P (4)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 7:33 am
interesting info, thanks for sharing :)

Glenda J (158)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 11:38 am
Every creature upon the face of this Planet has a very big part in our eco-system

Caroline Vimla (16)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 2:56 pm
All creatures big or small are part of biodiversity...There is a lot for humans to learn from ants but there is nothing for ants to learn from us!. That shows which species is superior....

Stefano Vescovini (0)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 3:49 pm

Ann L (15)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 4:14 pm
This year I had Zillions of fire aunts all over my lawn. No sure why. Usually only have a couple of small mounds of them. They certainly do destroy the lawn.

Patricia Geller (34)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 5:59 pm
I'm confused here. Are they a good thing or not. Seems like both. So how do you control that?

Cindy C (125)
Monday February 7, 2011, 11:52 am
they are amazing

Julie W (33)
Tuesday February 8, 2011, 3:09 am
I've always been aware that ants do a good job. But I still don't like them inside the house.

Jerry W. (0)
Tuesday February 8, 2011, 9:48 am
Ants and their activity are recommend to the lazy person as an example to follow=As the Bible says at Proverbs chapter 6 vs 6,7 " Go to the ant, you lazy one; and see its ways and become wise. Although it has no commander, officer or ruler, it prepares its food even in the summer, it has gathered its food supplies even in the harvest.

Lika P (130)
Sunday February 13, 2011, 11:37 pm
Interesting, I knew that they were busy bodies and strong, but not to this extent. Thank you.

David E (1)
Wednesday February 16, 2011, 1:05 am
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