fungus-growing ant


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fun·gus-grow·ing ant

 (fŭng′gəs-grō′ĭng)
n.
Any of numerous ants of the tribe Attini of South America, Central America, and the southern United States that cultivate basidiomycetous fungi for food, and including the leaf-cutter ants. Also called attine ant.
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Most research on the fauna associated with fungus-growing ant nests has been focused on the genera Atta and Acromyrmex, particularly on some groups of inquilines such as Coleoptera and Araneae (Cushing 1997; Vazde-Mello et al.
Metarhizium anisopliae and Trichoderma viride for control of nests of the fungus-growing ant, Atta cephalotes.
It also found that Escovopsis is more of a generalist than was previously thought; the same genetic variant was found invading the farms of distantly related fungus-growing ant species, and as many as three different forms of Escovopsis were found in the same ant colony.
Notes on incubatory inquilinism between Squamata (Reptilia) and the neotropical fungus-growing ant genus Acromyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
This is the first indication of bacterial garden symbionts in the fungus-growing ant system," Currie, a UW-Madison professor of bacteriology said.
This is the first indication of bacterial garden symbionts in the fungus-growing ant system," said University of Wisconsin-Madison bacteriologist Cameron Currie.
In contrast, ants of the other, "lesser" fungus-growing ant genera tend to have small, inconspicuous colonies with fewer than 3,000 workers, and generally collect insect excrement or small pieces of dead plant material to use as substrate for their fungal gardens.
Next to humans, the fungus-growing ants have realized the largest and most complex animal societies on Earth and also these societies depend on the services of multiple bacterial symbionts.
Fungus-growing ants "have become a model system for studying symbioses and coevolution," says entomologist Ted Schultz of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.