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Comparative magnetic measurements in social insects

Ferreira, J., G. Cernicchiaro, M. Winklhofer, H. Dutrac, P. S. de Oliveira, D.M.S. Esquivel, and E. Wajnberg (2005), Comparative magnetic measurements in social insects, J. Magn. Magn. Mater., 289C, 442-444, doi:doi:10.1016/j.jmmm.2004.11.124.

Biogenic magnetite has been detected in several species of social insects and may well form the basis of a magnetic sensory system in these animals, although other physiological functions are possible, too. We report here on hysteresis measurements on honeybees (Apis mellifera) and the termite Neocapritermes opacus. The ratio of saturation remanence to saturation magnetization, J(rs)/J(s), was determined as 0.11 (0.15) in bees (termite), the coercive force H-c as 90 (50 Oe). The magnetic remanence is generally low (of the order of 10(-6) emu per individual). The values obtained are similar to the ones reported previously on a migratory ant species, which suggests that biomineralization of magnetic material in social insects may underlie a generic process.
  author = {J. Ferreira and G. Cernicchiaro and M. Winklhofer and H. Dutrac and P. S. de Oliveira and D.M.S. Esquivel and E. Wajnberg},
  journal = {J. Magn. Magn. Mater.},
  month = {mar},
  pages = {442-444},
  title = {{Comparative magnetic measurements in social insects}},
  volume = {289C},
  year = {2005},
  language = {en},
  doi = {doi:10.1016/j.jmmm.2004.11.124},
%0 Journal Article
%A Ferreira, J.
%A Cernicchiaro, G.
%A Winklhofer, M.
%A Dutrac, H.
%A de Oliveira, P. S.
%A Esquivel, D.M.S.
%A Wajnberg, E.
%D 2005
%V 289C
%J J. Magn. Magn. Mater.
%P 442-444
%T Comparative magnetic measurements in social insects
%8 mar
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