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DarkFalconer
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Looking for Research Ideas

Post: # 12291Post DarkFalconer
Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:38 pm

Hi all, new to the Forums.

I am a degree student in my second year of studying zoo management in England. next year i'm starting my dissertation however i need to start coming up with ideas. I also work at a zoo that houses a colony of Leaf-Cutter ants (they are they amazing at escaping our island set up). i would like to do a research project into them however i'm struggling to come up with something. Was hoping anyone knows of an area of leaf-cutter that could be researched.

-I was thinking of testing their skills into overcoming barriers between them and food source.

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Looking for Research Ideas

Post: # 12302Post Batspiderfish
Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:30 pm

Maybe study them a little first? What kind of leaf-cutters are they? You can't know much about a particular kind of ant and not have questions about them.
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Canadiananter
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Re: Looking for Research Ideas

Post: # 13033Post Canadiananter
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:07 pm

I did a project on social parasitism in ants last year

MimzytheBun
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Re: Looking for Research Ideas

Post: # 13691Post MimzytheBun
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:49 pm

DarkFalconer wrote:Hi all, new to the Forums.

-I was thinking of testing their skills into overcoming barriers between them and food source.
Leaf cutters are fungus growers, which is a super interesting behavior. They also form body chains, depending on the subspecies which is also one of the coolest ant behaviors imo. I would be so excited to see if you could get them to form chains to forage for food with an overhang, but water blocking all ground access.

AuntLinda
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Re: Looking for Research Ideas

Post: # 13694Post AuntLinda
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:55 pm

DarkFalconer wrote:Hi all, new to the Forums.

I am a degree student in my second year of studying zoo management in England. next year i'm starting my dissertation however i need to start coming up with ideas. I also work at a zoo that houses a colony of Leaf-Cutter ants (they are they amazing at escaping our island set up). i would like to do a research project into them however i'm struggling to come up with something. Was hoping anyone knows of an area of leaf-cutter that could be researched.

-I was thinking of testing their skills into overcoming barriers between them and food source.
Mikey Bustos has a beautiful leaf cutter colony with a real tree encases in his living room. Their are some awesome videos.

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