Sugar Ants’ Preference for Pee May Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By University of South Australia – Re4-Blogged From WUWT

An unlikely penchant for pee is putting a common sugar ant on the map, as new research from the University of South Australia shows their taste for urine could play a role in reducing greenhouse gases.

Led by wildlife ecologist Associate Professor Topa Petit, the Kangaroo Island-based research found that sugar ants prefer urine over sugar – the food source after which they’re named – nocturnally foraging on it to extract nitrogen molecules, some of which could end up in the greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide.


Sugar ants mining urine in sand on Kangaroo Island Credit UniSA / Sophie Petit

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