Ancient Tripartite Coevolution in the Attine Ant-Microbe Symbiosis

@article{Currie2003AncientTC,
  title={Ancient Tripartite Coevolution in the Attine Ant-Microbe Symbiosis},
  author={C. R. Currie and B. Wong and A. Stuart and T. Schultz and S. Rehner and U. Mueller and G. Sung and J. Spatafora and N. Straus},
  journal={Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={299},
  pages={386 - 388}
}
The symbiosis between fungus-growing ants and the fungi they cultivate for food has been shaped by 50 million years of coevolution. Phylogenetic analyses indicate that this long coevolutionary history includes a third symbiont lineage: specialized microfungal parasites of the ants' fungus gardens. At ancient levels, the phylogenies of the three symbionts are perfectly congruent, revealing that the ant-microbe symbiosis is the product of tripartite coevolution between the farming ants, their… Expand
316 Citations

Paper Mentions

Low host–pathogen specificity in the leaf-cutting ant–microbe symbiosis
  • 44
Convergent coevolution in the domestication of coral mushrooms by fungus–growing ants
  • 69
  • PDF
An ancient tripartite symbiosis of plants, ants and scale insects
  • 29
  • PDF
Symbiotic complexity: discovery of a fifth symbiont in the attine ant–microbe symbiosis
  • 90
  • PDF
Symbiont-Mediated Host-Parasite Dynamics in a Fungus-Gardening Ant
  • 4
  • PDF
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 56 REFERENCES
A community of ants, fungi, and bacteria: a multilateral approach to studying symbiosis.
  • C. R. Currie
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Annual review of microbiology
  • 2001
  • 118
  • PDF
The Origin of the Attine Ant-Fungus Mutualism
  • 295
  • PDF
The evolution of agriculture in ants
  • 357
  • PDF
The agricultural pathology of ant fungus gardens.
  • 344
  • PDF
PARTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY BETWEEN ANTS AND SYMBIOTIC FUNGI IN TWO SYMPATRIC SPECIES OF ACROMYRMEX LEAF‐CUTTING ANTS
  • 71
...
1
2
3
4
5
...