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Stable isotope and elemental analysis in ants.
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PMID:  20147207     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Over the past 20 yr, the use of stable isotopes to infer feeding ecology and the examination of how energetic and elemental exchanges are affected by and affect life (ecological stoichiometry) have gained momentum. The ecological diversity of ants makes them interesting models to explore dietary ecology and their role in food webs. Moreover, their ecological dominance in most habitats facilitates sampling. The protocol described here will produce samples adequate for submission to most labs that specialize in high-throughput analysis of stable isotopes; one should check with any particular lab for specific submission instructions. Note, however, that this protocol is designed specifically for the quantification of the natural abundance of stable isotopes; it does not cover the preparation of trace samples.
Chris R Smith; Chadwick V Tillberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cold Spring Harbor protocols     Volume:  2009     ISSN:  1559-6095     ISO Abbreviation:  Cold Spring Harb Protoc     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-11     Completed Date:  2010-06-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101524530     Medline TA:  Cold Spring Harb Protoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  pdb.prot5242     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Ants / anatomy & histology,  physiology*
Behavior, Animal
Conservation of Natural Resources
Ecology / methods
Entomology / methods
Food Chain
Isotopes / analysis*
Population Dynamics
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