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Research Article

Graveyards on the Move: The Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Dead Ophiocordyceps-Infected Ants

  • Maj-Britt Pontoppidan mail,

    mbp@bio.ku.dk (MBP); dhughes@oeb.harvard.edu (DPH)

    Affiliation: Section for Ecology and Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • Winanda Himaman,

    Affiliation: Forest Entomology and Microbiology Group, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkok, Thailand

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  • Nigel L. Hywel-Jones,

    Affiliation: Mycology Laboratory, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Science Park, Pathum Thani, Thailand

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  • Jacobus J. Boomsma,

    Affiliation: Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • David P. Hughes mail

    mbp@bio.ku.dk (MBP); dhughes@oeb.harvard.edu (DPH)

    Affiliations: Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Museum of Comparative Zoology Labs, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom

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  • Published: March 12, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0004835

About the Authors

Maj-Britt Pontoppidan
Section for Ecology and Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Winanda Himaman
Forest Entomology and Microbiology Group, National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, Bangkok, Thailand
Nigel L. Hywel-Jones
Mycology Laboratory, National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Science Park, Pathum Thani, Thailand
Jacobus J. Boomsma, David P. Hughes
Centre for Social Evolution, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
David P. Hughes
Museum of Comparative Zoology Labs, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America
David P. Hughes
School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom

Corresponding Authors

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DPH. Performed the experiments: MBP WH NLHJ DPH. Analyzed the data: MBP DPH. Wrote the paper: MBP NLHJ JJB DPH.