An Ecological Analysis of Ant-Aphid Mutualism

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An Ecological Analysis of Ant-Aphid Mutualism
Introduction
The science of ecology deals with the interaction among species and their respective environments. A subset of the science of ecology is when researchers examine relationships between or among species and whether these relationships can be considered “antagonistic” or “beneficial” (Savage and Peterson 2006). Of course, there are multiple possible scenarios involved among mutualism among ecological communities, as one particular species may be antagonistic to something else while it is beneficial to a third or fourth species. All of these possibilities and combinations can be tested by researchers. These mutually beneficial or antagonistic interactions become important not only to...
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