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Ants are jam-free traffic champions

By 23rd October 2019 No Comments

Whether they occur on the road to our holidays or the daily commute, traffic jams affect cars as well as pedestrians. Scientists at the Research Center on Animal Cognition (CNRS/Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier) and the University of Arizona in the US  have now demonstrated that ant colonies, however, are spared these problems and circulate easily, even in the event of extremely dense traffic, thus ensuring consistent efficiency in their foraging. The findings are reported in eLife.

Read the research paper: Still flowing: experimental investigation of ant traffic under crowded conditions, Laure-Anne Poissonnier, Sebastien Motsch, Jacques Gautrais, Jerome Buhl, Audrey Dussutour, eLife

Read the CNRS press release.