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.
he fungus-growing ants, Currie notes, are technically herbivores.
"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.
In the laboratory, the researchers pair colonies of fungus-growing ants
and then remove the fungus garden from one colony.
A graduate student discovered that fungus-growing ants
carry weed-killing bacteria, overlooked by a century of research (155: 261).
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.
Ecological traits and evolutionary sequence of nest establishment in fungus-growing ants
(Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Attini).