Acromyrmex Leaf-Cutting Ants Have Simple Gut Microbiota with Nitrogen-Fixing Potential.

@article{Sapountzis2015AcromyrmexLA,
  title={Acromyrmex Leaf-Cutting Ants Have Simple Gut Microbiota with Nitrogen-Fixing Potential.},
  author={Panagiotis Sapountzis and Mariya Zhukova and Lars Hestbjerg Hansen and S\oren J S\orensen and Morten Schi\ott and Jacobus J Boomsma},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2015},
  volume={81 16},
  pages={5527-37}
}
Ants and termites have independently evolved obligate fungus-farming mutualisms, but their gardening procedures are fundamentally different, as the termites predigest their plant substrate whereas the ants deposit it directly on the fungus garden. Fungus-growing termites retained diverse gut microbiota, but bacterial gut communities in fungus-growing leaf-cutting ants have not been investigated, so it is unknown whether and how they are specialized on an exclusively fungal diet. Here we… CONTINUE READING

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