Ants Swallow Their Own Acid to Kill Harmful Bacteria in Their Food

An ant (Camponotus cf. nicobarensis) trying to swallow formic acid from its acidopore. Credit: Simon Tragust Ants use their own acid to disinfect themselves and their stomachs. A team from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the University of Bayreuth has found that formic acid kills harmful bacteria in the animal’s food, thereby reducing the…Continue Reading