Leafcutter ants have their own landfill sites that emit greenhouse gas

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2189326-leafcutter-ants-have-their-own-landfill-sites-that-emit-greenhouse-gas/

Ant carries a leaf

Leafcutter ants cultivate fungus and produce big piles of waste

Manuel Sanchez-Mendoza

Leafcutter ants make huge piles of waste from cultivating fungus, and these rubbish dumps emit a surprising amount of greenhouse gas.

The ants, found throughout Central and South America, collect huge amounts of vegetation and use it to farm a domesticated fungus in their nests. They have a sophisticated waste management system, with members of the colony responsible for transporting their refuse to a dump outside the colony. This waste consists of decomposed leaves, dead fungus and even dead ants.

Just like compost heaps, …