Digging the Fire Ant Way (BBC Breakfast)

Ants used a different technique to dig if the

Ants used a different technique to dig if the “soil” was course or fine grained

Broadcaster: BBC 1

Year: 2015

Genre: Magazine, News

URL: http://bobnational.net/record/294025

A nice little piece of research from the Georgia Institute of Technology, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, in which researcher filmed ants digging in tubes filled with glass beads of different sizes. They found that the ants were able to adapt their digging style dependant upon the conditions. Interesting in its own right, there is nonetheless the obligatory “translational research” spin, suggesting the potential impact of this work in developing fire and rescue services.

There are two related but slightly different videos currently on the BBC news website: this link which includes more experimental footage; this link shows some robots that have been programmed using insights from ant research.

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