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Evaluating alternative hypotheses for the early evolution and diversification of ants
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The largest ant molecular phylogenetic data set published to date is generated, containing ≈6 kb of DNA sequence from 162 species representing all 20 ant subfamilies and 10 aculeate outgroup families, and casts strong doubt on the existence of a poneroid clade as currently defined.
Major evolutionary transitions in ant agriculture
  • T. Schultz, S. Brady
  • Biology, Medicine
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 8 April 2008
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This work reconstructs the major evolutionary transitions that produced the five distinct agricultural systems of the fungus-growing ants, the most well studied of the nonhuman agriculturalists, with reference to the first fossil-calibrated, multiple-gene, molecular phylogeny that incorporates the full range of taxonomic diversity within the fungi-growing ant tribe Attini.
The evolution of myrmicine ants: phylogeny and biogeography of a hyperdiverse ant clade (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
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A robust phylogeny is recovered that reveals six major clades of Myrmicinae, here treated as newly defined tribes and occurring as a pectinate series: Myrmicini, Pogonomyrmecini trib.n.
Phylogeny and biogeography of dolichoderine ants: effects of data partitioning and relict taxa on historical inference.
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The evolutionary history of a major clade of ants, the subfamily Dolichoderinae, is investigated, indicating that crown-group dolichoderines arose about 65 million years ago, although this was preceded by a substantial period (30 million years) of stem group evolution.
The rise of army ants and their relatives: diversification of specialized predatory doryline ants
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The phylogenetic analyses provide only weak support for army ant monophyly and call into question a previous hypothesis that army ants underwent a fundamental split into New World and Old World lineages, which provides a basic framework for comparative biological analyses.
The Evolution of Agriculture in Insects
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This work has shown that insect farmers are remarkably similar, suggesting convergent evolution, and that these insect farmers manage, in addition to the primary cultivars, an array of “auxiliary” microbes providing disease suppression...
Ancient Tripartite Coevolution in the Attine Ant-Microbe Symbiosis
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Phylogenetic analyses indicate that this long coevolutionary history includes a third symbiont lineage: specialized microfungal parasites of the ants' fungus gardens, intensifying continuous coadaptation between symbionts in a tripartite arms race.
Evolutionary History of the Symbiosis Between Fungus-Growing Ants and Their Fungi
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The evolutionary history of the symbiosis between fungus-growing ants (Attini) and their fungi was elucidated by comparing phylogenies of both symbionts, andylogenetic patterns suggest that some primitive attines may have repeatedly acquired lepiotaceous symbions.
Phylogenomic methods outperform traditional multi-locus approaches in resolving deep evolutionary history: a case study of formicine ants
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This comparative study highlights both the promise and limitations of UCEs for insect phylogenomics, and will prove useful to the growing number of evolutionary biologists considering the transition from Sanger to next-generation sequencing approaches.
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