Caterpillars and Fungal Pathogens: Two Co-Occurring Parasites of an Ant-Plant Mutualism

@inproceedings{Roux2011CaterpillarsAF,
  title={Caterpillars and Fungal Pathogens: Two Co-Occurring Parasites of an Ant-Plant Mutualism},
  author={Olivier Roux and R. C{\'e}r{\'e}ghino and Pascal Jean Solano and Alain Dejean},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
In mutualisms, each interacting species obtains resources from its partner that it would obtain less efficiently if alone, and so derives a net fitness benefit. In exchange for shelter (domatia) and food, mutualistic plant-ants protect their host myrmecophytes from herbivores, encroaching vines and fungal pathogens. Although selective filters enable myrmecophytes to host those ant species most favorable to their fitness, some insects can by-pass these filters, exploiting the rewards supplied… CONTINUE READING