May 31, 2017
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Expedition May 2017

The 7th expedition of the WWTF project on Exploding ants. Many experiments on ant aggression (exploding on enemies) were conducted and filmed on site.
November 30, 2016
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Expedition November 2016

The main outcome of the expedition in November 2016 was the discovery of the exploding ants taking other insects for food. Initially it was speculated that these ants feed exclusively on various sorts of exudates produced by plants, and other insect (scale…
April 30, 2015
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Expeditions 2015

In the course of the second project year, the two sampling expeditions were successfully executed and yielded material sufficient for analytical chemical and microbiological investigations. Activity profile, foraging and defence behaviour of COCY ants were…
July 31, 2014
Figure 6. Sampling of YG COCY ants for microbiomic and metabolomis investigations. A and B – location of the sampling site in the canopy of the Dipterocarpaceae tree; KBFSC, Brunei; C – sampling of YG ants with custom-designed aspirator that allows large interior and sufficient ventilation for reduced mortality in uncaptured ants; D – leaf samples in sterile clean bench sorted for sampling (Vienna); E – sampling of phylloplane microbiome in VUT laboratory.
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Expedition July 2014

The two major goals of the second sampling expedition performed solitarily by Alexey Kopchinskiy were (i) sampling of YG COCY ants, transportation them alive to UBD, freezing alive and subsequent transportation of frozen samples to Vienna laboratory; and (ii)…
May 30, 2014
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Expedition May 2014

2nd Borneo Expedition, May 2014 As scheduled, during the reporting period the two sampling expeditions on Borneo (KBFSC, Brunei) have been executed. In a course of the first expedition Prof. Davidson and Alexey Kopchinskiy have completed the following tasks:…
January 31, 2011
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Expedition January 2011

After establishing collaboration with Prof. Emeritus Dinah Davidson, we decided to inspect the site at KBFSC. It was the first trip to Borneo and it was magnificent! Due to Brunei wealth, the government protects the forest very well. This is one of the best…