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Singing the blues: from experimental biology to conservation application

Settele, Josef; Barbero, Francesca; Musche, Martin; Thomas, Jeremy A.; Schonrogge, Karsten. 2011 Singing the blues: from experimental biology to conservation application. Journal of Experimental Biology, 214. 1407-1410. 10.1242/jeb.035329

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Abstract/Summary

Chemical communication plays a major role in the organisation of ant societies, and is mimicked to near perfection by certain large blue (Maculinea) butterflies that parasitise Myrmica ant colonies. The recent discovery of differentiated acoustical communication between different castes of ants, and the fact that this too is mimicked by the butterflies, adds a new component of coevolutionary complexity to a fascinating multitrophic system of endangered species, and it could inspire new ways to engage the public in their conservation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1242/jeb.035329
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 1 - Observations, Patterns, and Predictions for Biodiversity
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 2 - Ecological Processes in the Environment
CEH Sections: CEH fellows
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ISSN: 0022-0949
Additional Keywords: acoustical communication, ant–butterfly interaction, chemical communication, coevolution, endangered species, multi-trophic system
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 25 May 2011 15:02
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/13529

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