Aim of this project is to understand how social insects, particularly ants, collectively defend their colonies from disease and prevent epidemics in their societies; we will seek new approaches to determine how individual behaviours interact and lead to the emergent property of colony-level defences. To this end, we will – in collaboration with Ofer Feinerman, Weizmann Institute of Science – build an automatised ant nest to track and manipulate ant interactions in the presence of pathogens, elucidating how both the pathogens and information about the health state of colony members is transmitted through the colony.

If you are interested to join the project as a PhD student or postdoc, please see our Open Position page and contact sylvia.cremer@ist.ac.at

This project was funded by the European Research Council under the Specific Programme Ideas of the EU 7th Framework Programme for Research