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Tall trails: ants resolve an asymmetry of information and capacity in collective maintenance of infrastructure

Bruce, Andrew I. ; Czaczkes, Tomer J. ; Burd, Martin


Information asymmetry is common in many aspects of natural and economic systems. Collective self-organized behaviour in social insects may involve asymmetries in which an individual may possess information but only another individual is able to act on it. We examined this phenomenon on foraging trails of leaf-cutting ants (Atta colombica) to determine whether workers can resolve such an ...


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