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The scent of supercolonies: the discovery, synthesis and behavioural verification of ant colony recognition cues

Miriam Brandt12, Ellen van Wilgenburg13, Robert Sulc4, Kenneth J Shea4 and Neil D Tsutsui1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, 137 Mulford Hall #3114, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114, USA

2 Project Management Jülich, Research Centre Jülich GmbH, 52425 Jülich, Germany

3 Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia

4 Department of Chemistry, 5042D Fredrick Reines Hall, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, USA

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BMC Biology 2009, 7:71  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-7-71

Published: 28 October 2009

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Table S1 - Comparison of hydrocarbon profiles of Argentine ants from two different supercolonies, sample in Davis, California and Lake Skinner, California. The value for each CHC is the percent area under the curve. The CHCs selected for synthesis and behavioral testing are boxed.

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