The diversity of ant-associated black yeasts: insights into a newly discovered world of symbiotic interactions.
Current issues in the evolutionary ecology of ant-plant symbioses.
Ant-plant symbioses should be considered good models for investigating the effects of global change on the outcome of mutualistic interactions, particularly how partner-mediated feedbacks affect the specificity and stability of mutualisms.
Ant-plants and fungi: a new threeway symbiosis.
A novel tripartite symbiosis in which ants and a fungus inhabit domatia of an ant-plant, and evidence that such interactions are widespread is presented, and new plant-ant-fungus associations seem to be specific.
Comparative analysis of spatial genetic structure in an ant–plant symbiosis reveals a tension zone and highlights speciation processes in tropical Africa
The results illustrate independent speciation between two species that live in specific and obligate symbiosis and suggest that a tension zone may separate lineages of several central African forest plants near the thermal equator.
A simple non-specific chemical signal mediates defence behaviour in a specialised ant–plant mutualism
Coevolution between slave‐making ants and their hosts: host specificity and geographical variation
Coevolution between slave‐making ants and their hosts shows host specificity and geographical variation, and the results suggest that in Vermont the slave‐maker has a sparing strategy when raiding L. longispinosus, but not when raids L. ambiguus.
Optional gamergates in the queenright ponerine ant Gnamptogenys striatula Mayr
In the ponerine ant species Gnamptogenys striatula Mayr, queens occur and queenright colonies are functionally polygynous, however, some workers are capable to mate and to produce their own worker offspring.
Introduced ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of mainland France and Belgium, with a focus on greenhouses
- R. Blatrix, T. Colin, P. Wegnez, C. Galkowski, P. Géniez
- Environmental ScienceAnnales de la Societe Entomologique de France
- 4 July 2018
Summary The monitoring of introduced species is becoming more important as global trade intensifies. Although ants make up a larger proportion of species on the list of the most invasive species in…
How an Ant Manages to Display Individual and Colonial Signals by Using the Same Channel
This work identified and selected 11 cuticular hydrocarbons that permitted us to discriminate ovarian development classes and that might function as a fertility signal, which suggests that the two signals (the individual signal of fertility and the common signal of colony identity) can be conveyed by the same compounds.
Plant-ants feed their host plant, but above all a fungal symbiont to recycle nitrogen
- E. Defossez, C. Djiéto‐Lordon, D. McKey, M. Selosse, R. Blatrix
- Environmental ScienceProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 7 May 2011
Arguments for a mutualistic status of the fungal associate and a framework for investigating the previously unsuspected complexity of food webs in ant–plant mutualisms are provided.