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- DECOMPOSITION RATES OF SPENT FUNGAL REFUSE OF ATTA-SEXDENS (HYMENOPTERA, FORMICIDAE) AND IMPLICATIONS FOR ESTIMATING FORAGE INTAKE BY LEAF-CUTTING ANTS
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Using simulated ceramic refuse chambers, field decomposition studies were performed on the spent fungal refuse of the lead-cutting ant Atta sexdens rubropilosa. Refuse half life was estimated at 40 days, with complete decomposition at 100 days. These results suggest that the conversion-factor method used to estimate forage input into leaf-cutting ant colonies must be corrected for decomposition, or serious estimation errors will occur.
- Pedobiologia. Jena: Gustav Fischer Verlag Jena, v. 38, n. 3, p. 266-268, 1994.
- Gustav Fischer Verlag Jena
- LEAF-CUTTING ANTS
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