Ants to the rescue: How super-organisms could become super pest controllers
As global population rises and finite resources dwindle, farmers need new, more sustainable ways to control pests. Now, ecologists have found a safe, sustainable and cost-effective new pest control. But rather than a high-tech compound or genetic technology, it's a tiny, low-tech organism: the ant.
Published today in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology, a review of more than 70 scientific studies provides evidence that on many crops from cocoa and citrus to palm oil and cedar, ants can control pests as efficiently -- and more cheaply than -- chemicals.
Any predator is good for plant life, from wolfs to ants, the only downside of ants is when they try to farm aphids, they help them out by moving them around and protecting them, then the situation mimic humans and grazing animals, but on a very micro not that invasive level, consequences are far from what humans manage to accomplish, and nature still manage to bring balance.(ladybirds hardly are affected by ant aggression, they are so smooth and oval that ants cant harm them)
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