Blochmannia endosymbionts improve colony growth and immune defence in the ant Camponotus fellah

@inproceedings{Souza2008BlochmanniaEI,
  title={Blochmannia endosymbionts improve colony growth and immune defence in the ant Camponotus fellah},
  author={Danival Jos{\'e} de Souza and Annie B{\'e}zier and Delphine Depoix and Jean-Michel Drezen and Alain Lenoir},
  booktitle={BMC Microbiology},
  year={2008}
}
Microorganisms are a large and diverse form of life. Many of them live in association with large multicellular organisms, developing symbiotic relations with the host and some have even evolved to form obligate endosymbiosis [1]. All Carpenter ants (genus Camponotus) studied hitherto harbour primary endosymbiotic bacteria of the Blochmannia genus. The role of these bacteria in ant nutrition has been demonstrated [2] but the omnivorous diet of these ants lead us to hypothesize that the bacteria… CONTINUE READING

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