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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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.
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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.
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