A Vanderbuilt University research team has discovered that ants have four to five times more odor receptors than most other insects. The team completed the first full map of the ant olfactory system, resulting in the discovery of about 400 distinct odorant receptors.
Carpenter ants and jumping ants were the focus of the study. They were selected because they reflect the high level of diversity that exists within the ant family.
Xiaofan Zho, a research associate on the project, says “The results meant that we had successfully taken the first step toward gaining a new level of understanding of the complex social system that has made ants one of the most successful families on the planet.”
Scientists know that chemical communication in an important factor in ant behavior. Ants form highly organized colonies that include division of labor, communication between individual members and the ability to solve complex problems. Laurence Zwiebel, professor of biological sciences, who directed the new study, believes the “dramatic expansion in odor-sensing capability is what allowed ants to develop such a high level of social organization.”
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