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.


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

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