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Together but not mixed up:
Fungi, ants and birds

September 1, 2023

Avoiding predators at all costs.

The survival of bird chicks depends on the nest site and the material from which the nest is built, avoiding predators at all costs. Some birds nest near wasps or ants, however, they use materials that seem to repel these aggressive insects.

In this study we will try to determine:

- Whether the species(s) of fungi used in the nest construction of I. pustulatus and T. sulphurescens;

- Whether the concentration of the substances expelled by the marasmioid fungus decreases over time, and

- Whether the repellent effect also occurs on other ant species.

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