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Bacterial symbionts as mediators of ecologically important traits of insect hosts
- H. Feldhaar
- 1 October 2011
1. Bacterial symbionts play a prominent role in insect nutritional ecology by aiding in digestion of food or providing nutrients that are limited or lacking in the diet. Thereby, endosymbionts open…
Nutritional upgrading for omnivorous carpenter ants by the endosymbiont Blochmannia
Endosymbiotic Blochmannia nutritionally upgrade the diet of C. floridanus hosts to provide essential amino acids, and that it may also play a role in nitrogen recycling via its functional urease.
Light at the end of the tunnel: Integrative taxonom y delimits cryptic species in the Tetramorium caespitum complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
It is highlighted that no single data was sufficient to disentangle the final species boundaries, which underlines the importance of integrating mu ltiple data sources.
Food and shelter: how resources influence ant ecology
Population structure and intraspecific aggression in the invasive ant species Anoplolepis gracilipes in Malaysian Borneo
- J. Drescher, N. Blüthgen, H. Feldhaar
- Biology, Environmental ScienceMolecular ecology
- 19 February 2007
Bioassays revealed a negative correlation between relatedness and aggression, suggesting kinship as one factor facilitating supercolony formation in this species.
Immune reactions of insects on bacterial pathogens and mutualists.
Bacterial microbiota associated with ants of the genus Tetraponera
The bacterial diversity associated with several representatives of three species groups of the arboreal ant genus Tetraponera was examined based on genes encoding 16S rRNA, citrate synthase and a structural protein of the dinitrogenase complex ( nifH).
Insights into the microbial world associated with ants
An overview of the various symbiotic interactions that ants have developed with microorganisms is provided to provide an overview of their ecological role in many terrestrial ecosystems.
Lifelong commitment to the wrong partner: hybridization in ants
- H. Feldhaar, S. Foitzik, J. Heinze
- BiologyPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B…
- 12 September 2008
The morphological similarity of most ant males, perhaps resulting from the lack of sexual conflict, may similarly contribute to the commonness of hybridization and may thus be an option for queens when conspecific mates are not available.
Stable isotopes: past and future in exposing secrets of ant nutrition (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
An estimate of the enrichment of stable isotopes relative to a chemically defined diet for the ant Camponotus floridanus is provided and it is shown that their endosymbiotic bacteria do not significantly alter the enrichment process.