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Ants That Farm

Short | 02:09

Leafcutter ants do exactly what their name suggests - they cut leaves off of trees. But instead of eating them, they use leaves to cultivate a fungus that provides all the food an ant could want.

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Rainforests cover just six percent of Earth's surface yet contain almost half of the world's plants and animals. With a diversity of mammals, birds, and bugs unrivaled almost anywhere in the world, Panama's Barro Colorado Island is the perfect microcosm of nature. Every year, passionate and dedicated scientists gather to this oasis of life, scaling the treetops, from canopy to forest floor, in an attempt to unlock the secrets of the rainforest. Follow them as they explore how life thrives in one of the most complex habitats on Earth.

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