Thursday, 11 July 2013

ANTS-ropogenic Global Warming? Nope - retraction!

Ants are good citizens, they place group interests first.
Clarence Day 

It appears that scientists who study ants also put group interests first, eg the interests of alarmist scientists, at least if we use the example of Srour et al.  

In a paper in Insect Science, Srour et al, in their abstract, wrote:
Here we show the possible effects of global warming on the diversity of ants in the Wurmberg Mountain (Harz Mountains), Germany.
We found that the ants of the Harz Mountains react as expected to changes in altitude. That said, some species, specifically low-altitude thermophilic ones, show signs of expanding into higher altitudes, a possible reaction to climate warming. Diversity of ants across an altitudinal gradient in and outside a pine forest in the Harz Mountains,  Germany  (link)
Marc SrourGermano Leão Demolin LeiteTorsten WapplerTeja Tscharntke,Christoph Scherber
Insect Science 01/2012; DOI:10.1111/j.1744-7917.2012.01521

However, the paper has now been retracted.  As reported by Retraction Watch (link)  -

But as the retraction notice indicates, those results are fraught:
The following article from Insect Science, ‘Diversity of ants across an altitudinal gradient in and outside a spruce forest in the Harz Mountains, Germany’ by Marc Srour, Germano Leão Demolin Leite, Torsten Wappler, Teja Tscharntke and Christoph Scherber, published online on 2 August 2012 in Wiley Online Library (, has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the journal Editor in Chief, Le Kang, and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd. The retraction has been agreed due to concerns having been raised about the validity of the species richness values derived by the authors, and regarding the validity of the species determinations.
"Once bitten" comes to mind.

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