La Trobe University researchers have uncovered an exception to the global phenomenon known as 'Insect Armageddon'
Researchers studied ants in the Simpson Desert for 22 years and found that local Changes in climate, such as long-term increases in rainfall, combined with human efforts to restore ecosystems, may have led to increased numbers of species – rather than the declines which might be expected in such unpredictable conditions.
Lead researcher, Associate Professor Heloise Gibb said: "The annual rainfall in the north Australian desert varied from 79 to 570 millimetres."
"While this unpredictability in rainfall is expected in hot climates, this is the first time we've ever come to understand how insects respond to search for large inconsistencies in their environment, "Associate Professor Gibb said.
" For many species, this unpredictability ̵
"What we've found, however, is in contrast to warnings of a long-term decline in insects weather. "
Associate Professor Gibb said:" Water is the driving factor for this species of survival, "Associate Professor Gibb said
"These tyrant ants, as we would call them, are ready to adjust their time of activity."
"While the average temperature of their environment may be
"Researchers found the increase in ant populations reflected the change in resources available to them."
"Following rainfall, plants grow, flo who and seed, providing honeydew, nectar and a food source for other invertebrates that the tyrant ants consume, "Associate Professor Gibb said.
While other than the tyrants – including furnace ants, mono ants, sugar ants and pony ants cattle grazing on the premises.
Halfway through the study, the property on which it was conducted 19659003] "Associated Professor Gibb said." While it's difficult to change the response to climate change, "says Associate Professor Gibb
"It is important that future research identifies the best approach and locations for biodiversity."
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