Ants, plants and antibiotics

  title={Ants, plants and antibiotics},
  author={T. Schultz},
  • T. Schultz
  • Published 1999
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • Leaf-cutting ants cultivate a mushroom from the fungal tribe Leucocoprini as a source of food. But a new study shows that there is another partner in this mutually beneficial relationship -- a bacterium from the genusStreptomyces, which produces antibiotics to prevent infestation of the ant garden by the fungal parasite Escovopsis. 
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