Counting the number of ants on earth may be a daunting task, but scientists have come up with a reasonable estimate. The new study estimates that there are around 20 quadrillion ants on the planet.
Scientists analyzed four89 studies describing ant populations on the globe. The results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study found that ants are more widespread than previously thought. Researchers studied a number of different types of ants, including those from savannahs, forests, and human-inhabited areas. They also looked at ant populations in seven languages, which represented a diverse sampling of habitats.
The new study used a bottom-up approach, rather than the top-down method used by previous studies. Researchers used the number of ants, the size of ant colonies, and other ant-related data to estimate the number of ants on earth. They also studied several different factors that affect ant population density, such as climate change and habitat fragmentation.
The study also measured the magnitude of the number of ants by comparing it to other animal species. Researchers found that ants were about 20 percent of the biomass of humans. They also estimated that ants weigh as much as the combined mass of all mammals and wild birds.
The study found that ants are capable of performing many functions, such as aerating soil, distributing seeds, and churning up organic matter. The study also found that ants can be found in any environment. They may live in houses, if there is food nearby. The study also found that ants are capable of producing swarms of tiny insects.