Data from: The extension of internal humidity levels beyond the soil surface facilitates mound expansion in Macrotermes

Daniel S. Calovi, Paul Bardunias, Nicole Carey, Rupert Soar, Scott Turner, Radhika Nagpal & Justin Werfel
Termites in the genus Macrotermes construct large-scale soil mounds above their nests. The classic explanation for how termites coordinate their labour to build the mound, based on a putative cement pheromone, has recently been called into question. Here we present evidence for an alternate interpretation based on sensing humidity. The high humidity characteristic of the mound internal environment extends a short distance into the low-humidity external world, in a “bubble” that can be disrupted by...
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