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Ants and Avalanches: Insects on Coffee Plants Follow Widespread Natural Tendency

January 23, 2008

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Ever since a forward-thinking trio of physicists identified the phenomenon known as self-organized criticality—a mechanism by which complexity arises in nature—scientists have been applying its concepts to everything from economics to avalanches. Now, researchers have shown that clusters of ant nests on a coffee farm in Mexico also adhere to the model. Their work has implications for controlling coffee pests.Full Story

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