A joint scientific paper “The Life of a Dead Ant: The Expression of an Adaptive Extended Phenotype”



Bangkok, Thailand, August 5, 2009 – The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) announced it has submitted a joint scientific paper entitled “The Life of a Dead Ant: The Expression of an Adaptive Extended Phenotype”. The paper was a product of a joint research input between researchers at BIOTEC, Centre for Social Evolution in Denmark, University of Copenhagen, and Department of Entomology, Leuven University, Belgium. The paper is to be published in The American Naturalist’s September issue.  

The paper explores the astounding accuracy with which fungus compels ants to create its ideal home then kills its host. The ant research study was performed in Thailand’s Khao Chong Wildlife Sanctuary. 

“The paper has received global media interest for its research project based in Thailand” said Dr. David Hughes from the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University and one of the co-author of this paper. Dr. Hughes went on to say that the research has resulted in new discoveries and training of young Thai researchers at his labs in Copenhagen. 



Posted on 14 August 2009.