Main Experiment: Sugar and amino acid choice experiment (Site A, 2012)

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This data is open access as long as the original publication is properly cited:

Staab, M., Methorst, J., Peters, J., Blüthgen, N. & Klein, A.M. (2016): Tree diversity and nectar composition affect arthropod visitors on extrafloral nectaries in a diversity experiment. Journal of Plant Ecology. online first. doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtw017.

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Staab, M., Klein, A., and Methorst, J. (2016): Main Experiment: Sugar and amino acid choice experiment (Site A, 2012). (Accessed through URL: http://china.befdata.biow.uni-leipzig.de/datasets/499)

Dataset Abstract

Vegetation foraging ants feed to a considerable part on liquid plant exudates or on Hemipteran honeydew. Those liquids contain mainly sugars and amino acids (AA), which are attractive for the ants. We conducted a choice experiment using different artificial nectar solutions to test if nectar quality and composition (pure sugars, sugars either supplemented with essential or non-essential AA) affect the foraging decision of ants. The data also allow testing if foraging behavior is influenced by tree diversity. In brief, 1.5 ml reaction tubes were filled with the respective solutions, placed in Schima superba trees, and all ants foraging for the solutions were monitored. Please see Staab et al., 2016, Journal of Plant Ecology (doi:10.1093/jpe/rtw017) for more details on sampling.

Dataset Design

see Staab et al., 2016, Journal of Plant Ecology (doi:10.1093/jpe/rtw017)

Spatial Extent

BEF-China Main Experiment, Site A

Published

Staab, M., Methorst, J., Peters, J., Blüthgen, N. & Klein, A.M. (2016): Tree diversity and nectar composition affect arthropod visitors on extrafloral nectaries in a diversity experiment. Journal of Plant Ecology. online first. doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtw017.

Taxonomic Extent

All ants foraging on the artificial solutions

Data columns available in the raw data part of this dataset

PLOT_NO
Name of each plot in site A, coded with letters and numbers
Unit: category
Data group: Not specified
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TREE_R
Planned tree species richness according to design.
Unit: integer
Data group: Not specified
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Solution_type
Type of the artifical nectar solution, can be 'sugar' (pure sugar solutions), 'essential' (sugar supplemented with essential amino acids), and 'non essential' (sugar supplemented with non-essential amino acids)
Unit: category (i.e. solution identity)
Data group: Not specified
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Camponotus pseudoirritans
Arthropod species or morphospecies
Data group: Not specified
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Camponotus vitiosus
Arthropod species or morphospecies
Data group: Not specified
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Carebara altinodus
Arthropod species or morphospecies
Data group: Not specified
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Crematogaster cf. nawai
Arthropod species or morphospecies
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Crematogaster cf. rogenhoferi
Arthropod species or morphospecies
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Iridomyrmex anceps
Arthropod species or morphospecies
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Lepisiota capensis
Arthropod species or morphospecies
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Nylanderia flavipes
Arthropod species or morphospecies
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Nylanderia sp.3
Arthropod species or morphospecies
Data group: Not specified
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Paraparatrechina sauteri
Arthropod species or morphospecies
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Paratrechina longicornis
Arthropod species or morphospecies
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Pheidole noda
Arthropod species or morphospecies
Data group: Not specified
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Plagiolepis sp.1
Arthropod species or morphospecies
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Polyrhachis dives
Arthropod species or morphospecies
Data group: Not specified
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Prenolepis sp.6
Arthropod species or morphospecies
Data group: Not specified
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Pristomyrmex punctatus
Arthropod species or morphospecies
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Tapinoma melanocephalum
Arthropod species or morphospecies
Data group: Not specified
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Tetramorium wroughtonii
Arthropod species or morphospecies
Data group: Not specified
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