[ExI] super soldier ants

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Sun Jan 8 23:00:04 UTC 2012

I wonder whether applying methoprene, the analog to juvenile hormone 
used to induce soldiers, works in the field.
The reason, mentioned on the wiki page,
is that it is commonly used as an insecticide - it messes up molting 
from the pupal stage. So dousing your fields with it might get rid of a 
lot of insects, leaving the slugs to reign.

In the experiments the dousing was short-lived, while in the environment 
methoprene tends to remain for a week. So you need to somehow get the 
substance to the larvae at the right instar.

I suspect finding the right slug-loving nematode worms is likely a 
better, if yucky, solution.

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford University

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