March 26 (Tue) at 16:00 - 17:00, 2024 (JST)
  • Haruna Fujioka (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental, Life, Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University)
  • via Zoom
Gen Kurosawa

Most organisms exhibit a periodic activity of about 24 h. This circadian rhythm is considered to be an adaptation to the fluctuations of the environment. In social insects such as honeybees and ants, individual behavior, including activity-rest rhythms, is influenced by interactions within the colony. However, it is challenging to monitor individual activity-rest rhythms in an ant colony due to their large group size and small body size. To address this, we developed an image-based tracking system using 2D barcodes a monomorphic ant and measured the locomotor activities of all colony members under laboratory conditions. Activity-rest rhythms appeared only in isolated ants, not under colony conditions. This suggests that a mixture of social interactions, not light and temperature, induces the loss of activity-rest rhythms. These findings contribute to our understanding of the diverse patterns of circadian activity rhythms in social insects.


  1. Fujioka, Haruna, et al, Ant circadian activity associated with brood care type., Biology letters (2017), doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0743
  2. Fujioka, Haruna, Masato S. Abe, and Yasukazu Okada, Individual ants do not show activity-rest rhythms in nest conditions., Journal of biological rhythms (2021), doi: 10.1177/07487304211002934

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