green tree ants: friend or foe?

Take a fascinating and terrifying look at the unique parallel world of Green Tree Ants and examine how science is using their combative behaviour to influence in better farming and organic production practices.

programme information

Duration

1 x 60'

Production Company

WildCAM Australia

YOP

2013

Definitions

SD HD

Episode Information

All over the coastal tropics of northern Australia and south east Asia, local armies of 500,000 soldiers are on standby. They wage a control war on invasive insect species. From the treetops, they use chemical communication, skilfully engaging their opponents in battle, inflicting injury and injecting powerful poisons to conquer. In their super-sized satellite outposts we investigate their rise to power, the wars and submissions. They are the green tree ants. This film takes a fascinating, terrifying look at their unique parallel world, and examine how science is using their combative behaviour to influence in better farming and organic production practices. We travel across northern Australia to Asia, talking to the experts, exploring the cultures, and marvelling at nature at its most organised.

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