Ant-plant relationships are one of my favorite things in biology. I don’t find the theory of their interactions particularly thrilling; I just like the idea of plants and ants helping each other get by in the world.
Simply put, ants are awesome–living in their little societies, clearing away the world’s gunk–and so are plants, so any time you can get both of them in one story, it’s a good day.
On the sides of two cliffs in the Pyrenees, a leafy green plant clings to life with the help of not one, not two, but three ant species. Read my teeny little story about it at the Science magazine website.