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Dispelling the myths: a new look at wood ants

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Seminar
12 January 2016, 4pm
at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen
for scientists, researchers and other interested parties
F. aquilonia colony (c) James Hutton Institute

Dr Jenni Stockan from the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences Group, James Hutton Institute, will deliver this Aberdeen Entomological Club seminar entitled “Dispelling the myths: a new look at wood ants”. It will be held at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen (and screened to the Institute’s Dundee site).

Wood ants are integral components of the ecosystems they inhabit, playing key roles in nutrient cycling, predator-prey dynamics, seed dispersal, habitat provision and modification, and plant and tree growth. This talk will discuss the ecology and conservation of these fascinating insects, dispelling myths and revealing new insights into their behaviour, social organisation and relationships with other organisms. Drawing on more than one hundred years of research from across the northern hemisphere, Dr Stockan will present some of the surprising observations, results and conclusions from her forthcoming book ‘Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation’.

The talk starts at 4pm with light refreshments available from 3.30pm.

For further information, please contact Dr Jenni Stockan, Environmental and Biochemical Sciences, James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH, UK. Office: +44 (0)1224 395 239.

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