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Small differences in learning speed for different food qualities can drive efficient collective foraging in ant colonies

Oberhauser, F. B. ; Koch, A. ; Czaczkes, T. J.



Abstract

Social insects frequently make important collective decisions, such as selecting the best food sources. Many collective decisions are achieved via communication, for example by differential recruitment depending on resource quality. However, even species which only rarely recruit can respond to a changing environment on a collective level by tracking food source quality. We hypothesised that an ...

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