9 Jun 2016
It is thought that ants evolved about 150 million years ago and have risen to dominance in the past 60 million years. They are now everywhere and while they are not always welcome on your kitchen...
Type: News Article
17 May 2016
Rubber plantations are a rapidly spreading agroecosystem in Southeast Asia and they are likely to have profound impacts on biodiversity due to the disruption of the natural landscape. Therefore,...
Type: News Article
8 Mar 2016
The Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit examine how evolutionary pressures drive speciation and species richness using ants as a model. March 2016 Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit (Professor...
Type: Video
27 Nov 2015
Okinawa’s ant expert Mr. Hidetsune Takamine, who has been collecting ants in Okinawa for 40 years, donated his ant collection to OIST at a handover ceremony on November 26, 2015. Dr. Masashi...
Type: News Article
8 Oct 2015
“Imagine I could send an ecologist to Europe back tens of millions of years ago. Then, ask them to look at the ants and to tell me where they think they have landed… They would say South East Asia”,...
Type: News Article
8 Oct 2015
New informatic tools help ecologists compare the worldwide distribution of ants over time. The 20 million years old ant preserved in amber on the left is a species of turtle ant from the genus...
Type: Photo
24 Dec 2014
About one tenth of the world’s ants are close relatives; they all belong to just one genus out of 323, called Pheidole. “If you go into any tropical forest and take a stroll, you will step on one of...
Type: News Article
24 Dec 2014
This chart shows the evolutionary relationship between 300 Pheidole species from all over the world. Each species fits neatly into a group by region, showing that 
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