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Research Center on Animal Cognition

The Research Center on Animal Cognition (CRCA) is part of the Center for Integrative Biology in Toulouse (CBI Toulouse). The main goal of the CRCA is the multidisciplinary and comparative study of cognitive processing in different animal models, from invertebrates to vertebrates.

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Heavy metal pollution affects the cognitive health of bees

Heavy metals, such as lead and arsenic, are naturally present in soil and water. However, human activities such as mining, metallurgy and car traffic have considerably increased their concentrations, exposing human and animal populations to potentially toxic doses that are still poorly assessed.

Collective self-medication in ants.

In this study, Eniko Csata, Alfonso Pérez-Escudero, Emmanuel Laury, Gérard Latil and Audrey Dussutour (CRCA-CBI) and their collaborators studied the role of nutrition in the host-parasite system: the Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) and the entomopathogenic fungus (Metarhizium brunneum).