Evaluation of repellents, attractants and organic insecticides ​to manage leaf cutting ants

We study the behavior of cutting ants ​exposed ​certain plant compounds, which may be repellents or attractants. We also seek to identify tra​il​ pheromones that guide ants along foraging paths. The objective is to develop tools that can be ​used in conjunction ​to protect crops from the attack of the cutting ants in the framework of a push-pull strategy. This strategy aims to ensure that the ants avoid attacking a certain crop (generating repellency or detergency (push) and attracting them to other ​re​sources that are more attractive to them (pull).


We are a team of researchers that employ ants mainly to answer questions of conceptual interest about topics in ecology and behavior.

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Pasaje Gutierrez 1125, Bariloche, Argentina

(0294) 426368 interno 154