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Ecology professor wins prestigious prize

The winner of the Latsis Prize, Laurent Keller.

(Swiss National Science Foundation)

A professor of ecology at Lausanne University has won this year's prestigious Latsis prize. The Swiss National Science Foundation announced on Wednesday that Laurent Keller had been recognised for his research into the behaviour of ants.

Keller will receive the prize, worth SFr100,000 ($56,500), at a ceremony in Bern next January.

The 39-year-old director of Lausanne's Institute for Ecology has won respect in the scientific world for his research on ant colonies. His observations enabled him to show that colonies of ants are not always as efficient and harmonious as was previously thought.

Over the past 15 years Keller has published more than 150 articles and books on the subject.

The Latsis prize is awarded annually to scientists under 40 in recognition of outstanding research.

swissinfo with agencies

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