Harvester Ant Castes

October 2008
Science Teacher;Oct2008, Vol. 75 Issue 7, p14
Academic Journal
The article discusses research into whether nature or nurture affects the position of harvester ants in castes. A study by researchers from colleges such as the University of Illinois, Linfield College and Arizona State University revealed that genetic make-up and diet help determine which caste a harvester any belongs to. Researcher Chris Smith suggests a hormonal response based on diet or genetics may determine an ant's development.


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