Pattern recognition studies in chemical communication: Nestmate recognition in Camponotus floridanus

Barry K. Lavine, Laurence Morel, Robert K. Vander Meer, Robert W. Gunderson, Jian H. Han, Anthony Bonanno, Arthur Stine

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Lavine, B.K., Morel, L., Vander Meer, R.K., Gunderson, R.W., Han, J.H., Bonanno, A. and Stine, A., 1990. Pattern recognition studies in chemical communication: nestmate recognition in Camponotus floridanus. Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, 9: 107-114. The combination of gas chromatography and pattern recognition (GC/PR) analysis is a powerful tool for investigating complicated biological problems. Clustering, mapping, and principal component modelling are necessary to analyze large chromatographic data sets and to seek meaningful relationships between chemical constitution and biological variables. We have applied GC/PR to the problem of deciphering the complex chemical messages of Camponotus floridanus (a carpenter ant) and have learned that GC traces of soaks obtained from the carpenter ants are characteristic of their colony of origin, social caste, and social experience. In this study gas chromatographic data obtained from 119 red carpenter ants was analyzed using principal component analysis and the FCV clustering algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)107-114
Number of pages8
JournalChemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Software
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications


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