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Danish children trap 19,000 ants to study impact of climate change

Children collecting ants in Denmark

Karin Boe

Important information about how ant populations are evolving in the face of global warming, forest farming, and urbanisation has come from a citizen science project involving hundreds of Danish children.

The project involved children and their families collectively trapping 19,000 ants near their homes or vacation sites across Denmark. Comparing the new catches with specimens dating back to 1900, an international research team has detected major population shifts in these “hugely important but vastly underappreciated” insects, says team member Julie Sheard at the University …

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