A mutualistic microbiome: How do fungus-growing ants select their antibiotic-producing bacteria?

@article{Barke2011AMM,
  title={A mutualistic microbiome: How do fungus-growing ants select their antibiotic-producing bacteria?},
  author={Joerg Barke and Ryan F Seipke and Douglas W. Yu and Matthew I Hutchings},
  journal={Communicative & integrative biology},
  year={2011},
  volume={4 1},
  pages={
          41-3
        }
}
We recently published a paper titled "A mixed community of actinomycetes produce multiple antibiotics for the fungus farming ant Acromyrmex octospinosus" showing that attine ants use multidrug therapy to maintain their fungal cultivars. This paper tested two theories that have been put forward to explain how attine ants establish mutualism with actinomycete symbionts: environmental acquisition versus co-evolution. We found good evidence for environmental acquisition, in agreement with other… CONTINUE READING
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