Scientists have discovered how leaf-cutting ants affect emissions of greenhouse gases. The studies were conducted in the South-West of Costa Rica.
Biologists of the U.S. and France came to the conclusion that the increased amount of greenhouse gases concentrated in areas where there is a significant number of ants leaf cutter of the genus Atta and Acromyrmex. "The activity of an ant colony comparable to the work of the enterprises on wastewater treatment" - surprised scientists.
Ants of this genus are considered to be one of the most advanced organisms. They significantly affect the forest structure and can remove up to 8% of the total number of forest leaves. Ant colony of leaf cutter build nests of large size, which provides optimal ventilation and humidity.