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Ant colony art...example of how ants disrupt plant's roots

Posted by roseseek z 10, SoCal (My Page) on
Fri, Dec 13, 13 at 13:30

This is a video of molten aluminum being poured into an ant colony. The results are promoted as an "art form", which is pretty cool. Watching it, I was struck how wonderfully it demonstrates how ants can disrupt the vigorous growth of plants through their activity. You know how crucial it is for plants to have good root to soil contact for the absorption of nutrients and water. Now, imagine this maze surrounding the roots of your roses, then add that ants actually move aphids from the top growth to the roots when weather is too severe for the aphids to survive. Any wonder why plants are stressed by an ant invasion? Kim

Here is a link that might be useful: Molten aluminum poured into an ant colony


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RE: Ant colony art...example of how ants disrupt plant's roots

What an astonishing video. I was amazed by the end result. It does make you wonder how much of an impact this has on the growth of rose bushes. Oh well, just one more thing to worry about.

Ingrid


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RE: Ant colony art...example of how ants disrupt plant's roots

That is amazing


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That was beautiful. I imagined it to be much larger. I love the look of molten aluminum or silver.
Carol


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  • Posted by leezen4u Z10 Sunset Z24 coas (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 13, 13 at 15:46

Fire Ants - if you or your pets have ever been bitten by them you will not feel sorry for them watching the video.

Lee


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RE: Ant colony art...example of how ants disrupt plant's roots

No ma'am, that you won't! I can state from personal experience that ants can't survive boiling water and ammonia. I've cleared out several large colonies of less than fire ants using both. Kim


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  • Posted by maryl Z7 Okla. (My Page) on
    Fri, Dec 13, 13 at 16:36

If life gives you lemons make lemonade. What a creative way to use a destructive force of nature. I know everything in nature serves a purpose (except Mosquitoes?), but who could have dreamed this up? Not even that Martha woman thought of this one........Maryl


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RE: Ant colony art...example of how ants disrupt plant's roots

Very interesting.


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