The negative effect of wood ant presence on tick abundance

Silvia Zingg, Patrick Dolle, Maarten Jeroen Voordouw & Maren Kern
Background: Ticks and tick-borne pathogens are a global problem for the health of humans and their livestock. Wood ants are important ecosystem engineers in forests worldwide. Although both taxa are well studied, little is known about their interactions under natural conditions. The purpose of the present field study was to test whether European red wood ants (Formica polyctena) influence the abundance of Ixodes tick populations in temperate forests. Methods: Data collection took place in 130...
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