Lecture

WURtalks - The amazing world of ants - 8 February 2017

Ants are all around us, yet we rarely stop to think about what makes them “tick.” Most people would probably not even consider that these creatures have sophisticated brains! And have you realised that in many ways their complex social societies resemble that of humans? If you take some time to look closer into their world, you will see how they build underground cities, and developed agriculture. Tim Möhlmann and Jitte Groothuis will tell you everything about the amazing world of ants in their WURtalks.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research
Date

Wed 8 February 2017 19:45 to 21:30

Venue Forum, building number 102
Droevendaalsesteeg 2
102
6708 PB Wageningen
0317–482160
Room C0222

Ant societies

Tim Möhlmann

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In his WURtalk Tim will introduce you to some of the many ant species that share our world, and explain to you how we can benefit from their diversity. He will also give a demonstration of several live ant colonies in custom-made nests.

Tim Möhlmann is a passionate ant keeper, and junior researcher at Wageningen Plant Research, where he studies diversity of mosquitoes, midges and their bacteria.

A look inside the ant brain

Jitte Groothuis

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Jitte will introduce you to the insect brain and what we have learned from studying the brains of many kinds of ants about the basis for ant behaviour.

Jitte Groothuis is an enthusiastic ant keeper and PhD candidate at the WUR Laboratory of Entomology, where he studies the brains of ant-sized parasitic wasps.