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- Effects of leaves of Ipomoea batatas (Convolvulaceae) on nest development and on respiratory metabolism of leaf-cutting ants Atta sexdens L. (Hym., Formicidae)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- Laboratory colonies of the leaf-cutting ants Atta sexdens feed daily with leaves of Ipomoea batatas showed ant mortality and a significant decrease in the size of the fungal garden after the second week, with complete depletion of nests after 5 weeks of treatment. The mean oxygen consumption rate of these ants was higher than the control (ants collected from nests feed with leaves of Eucalyptus alba), suggesting a physiological action of the leaves of I. batatas on the ants in addition to the effect of inhibiting the growth of the fungal garden.
- Journal of Applied Entomology-zeitschrift Fur Angewandte Entomologie. Berlin: Blackwell Wissenschafts-verlag Gmbh, v. 124, n. 5-6, p. 249-252, 2000.
- Blackwell Wissenschafts Verlag Gmbh
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