In an archipelago of over 700 islands and cays, the Bahamas' largest landmass often gets overlooked by travelers, its sugar-white beaches mostly ignored by cruise ships and high-rise hotel developers. On the islanda€™s southern shores, known as South Andros, Tiamo found an unspoiled spot that offers a gateway to extraordinary coral reefs, a place where ecosystems are rich and healthy and wildlife thrives. Considering how many tiny islands are sprinkled across the Caribbean, it says something about Petit St.
Snorkel on reefs around the island or a boat ride away, or go scuba diving with dive masters handpicked by Jean-Michel Cousteau. An evolutionary alliance between trees and the ants that guard them has a sinister explanation, a new study suggests, finding ants hooked on nectar. In Central America, ants act as bodyguards for acacia trees, defending them from weeds and hungry animals in exchange for room and board, one of the most iconic alliances in nature. But Martin Heil of Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato in Mexico has found that the tree's sugary snacks are laced with an enzyme that prevents the ants from eating other sources of sugar. The report illustrates how evolution keeps cooperative relationships among some species going, even when one partner is clearly reaping most of the benefits in the arrangement. Heil compares the tree to a dairy company that sells lactose-free milk that has been chemically altered to render its customers unable to digest normal milk. In 2005, Heil showed that all of the workers of the acacia ant Pseudomyrmex ferrugineus lack invertase activity and cannot digest normal sources of sucrose. Fortunately, the tree compensates for this impairment by secreting invertase into its nectar, providing the ants with a predigested meal. Weirder still, in 2008, Heil showed that the larvae have invertase, which becomes deactivated only when they turn into adults. Shortly after the workers emerge from their pupae as adults, they take their first sip of nectar and their invertase becomes irreversibly disabled. In this case, the tree's manipulation ensures that the ants are driven to defend it, since it is their only source of digestible food. But Moreau wonders why the larvae and the newly emerged adults do not branch out to other food sources, since their invertase is yet to be deactivated. Heil thinks this is because nectar is almost always their first adult meal, either because it is the closest food or because the ants are fed the nectar by their nest-mates. There are other examples where two-way partnerships are more biased than they first appear. Similarly, some bacteria provide trees with nutrients by forming nodules on their rootsa€”this is often seen as a partnership, but since the bacteria can no longer divide or move, you could view them as the tree's slaves.

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The thatched-roof villas, tucked on a sandy stretch of shoreline only accessible from the sea, offer an off-the-beaten-track Caribbean experience. She sets out from a natural harbor on a private isle in an archipelago on the Caribbeana€™s eastern edge. Vincent a€” called PSV by its regulars, is a 115-acre volcanic island fringed with pristine beaches. Vincent that Jean-Michel Cousteaua€”a leading ocean conservationist and son of diving pioneer Jacques Cousteaua€”chose to establish his dive center here. Most of the sweet foods that ants eat, such as plant sap, are rich in a sugar called sucrose.
Why would the ants so heavily restrict their dietary options by losing an important enzyme?
Writing in the Ecology Letters journal, he reports that acacia nectar contains chitinase enzymes that completely block invertase.

There is simply no known biochemical mechanism through which this could happen," he says.
Ecologists have wondered whether some flowers dope their nectar with addictive chemicals, to prevent their pollinators from visiting other plants.
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Instead of telephone or Internet, communication happens by a quaint form of semaphore: flags of varying colors communicate your needs to the attentive lodge staff that outnumber the guests three to one.
The ants digest this with an enzyme called invertase, which breaks sucrose into smaller sugars.
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Vincent, she was hand-built locally with the purpose of exploring and reveling in the wonders of the Windward Islands. The focus here is celebrating the people youa€™re with and the gorgeous place where you are, whether that means sailing, snorkeling, hiking, and kayaking, or just finding a perfect spot on a perfect beach and raising a flag to summon a picnic.
Vincent was founded in the early 1960s by sailors who discovered this uninhabited gem in the Grenadines and decided to make it a place guests would never want to leave. Nearly a half-century later and under new ownership, their mission still holds truea€”honeymooners of decades past have turned into generations of families that return here each year.

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