Tropical Ecology and Conservation [Monteverde Institute]

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Atta cephalotes como una herramienta de bioensayo para identificar la presencia de compuestos polares secundarios en plantas medicinales de Monteverde, Costa Rica


John Thurston



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Publication Date

May 2007


Atta cephalotes has shown potential as a bioassay tool for antifungal characteristics of medicinal plants (Hubbel, et al. 1983). This experiment tests a variety of plants with differing secondary compounds to explore further uses of A. cephalotes as a bioassay tool. A polar solvent was used to make crude extractions of twelve different medicinal plants to test the preference of Atta for the extract compared to a control. It was predicted that A. cephalotes would show a negative preference towards plants with antifungal compounds. However, negative preference for Brugmansia suaveolens, a plant with no known antifungal compounds, deterred A. cephalotes the most. Atta cephalotes ha mostrado potencial como una herramienta de bioensayo para las características anti-hongos de las plantas medicinales (Hubbel, et al. 1983). Este experimento prueba una variedad de plantas con diferentes compuestos secundarios para explorar los usos adicionales de A. cephalotes como herramientas de bioensayo.


Atta (Insects), Atta (Insectos), Biological assay, Ensayo biologico, Leaf-cutting ants, Zompopas, Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Monteverde Zone, Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Zona de Monteverde, CIEE Spring 2007, CIEE Primavera 2007


Student Affiliation : Department of Biology, University of Minnesota Born Digital

Subject: topical

Atta (Insects); Atta (Insectos); Biological assay; Ensayo biologico; Leaf-cutting ants; Zompopas; CIEE Spring 2007; CIEE Primavera 2007

Subject: geographic

Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Monteverde Zone; Costa Rica--Puntarenas--Zona de Monteverde



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Atta cephalotes as a bioassay tool to identify the presence of polar secondary compounds in medicinal plants of Monteverde, Costa Rica



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