Fire and ants


Paulo Pereira
Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania

Ants are amazing creatures, not only for the recognized work capacity, but also due their great resilience to disturbance. They are considered ecosystem engineers and have an important impact on soil physical (e.g moisture, porosity), chemical (organic matter accumulation and redistribution and CO2 emissions) and biological properties. Ants build a complex network of tunnels and galleries in soil subsurface transporting sediments, with important impacts on soil erosion, and nutrients. These changes have implications on favourable conditions for plant germination.

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