Cuckoo Fungus Mimics Termite Eggs by Producing the Cellulose-Digesting Enzyme β-Glucosidase

@article{Matsuura2009CuckooFM,
  title={Cuckoo Fungus Mimics Termite Eggs by Producing the Cellulose-Digesting Enzyme $\beta$-Glucosidase},
  author={Kenji Matsuura and Toshihisa Yashiro and Ken Shimizu and Shingo Tatsumi and Takashi Tamura},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={19},
  pages={30-36}
}
Insects and fungi share a long history of association in various habitats, including the wood-decomposition niche. Fungal mimicry of termite eggs is one of the most striking evolutionary consequences of insect-fungus association. Termites of the genus Reticulitermes often harbor fungal sclerotia, called "termite balls," along with eggs in nursery chambers, whereby the fungus gains a competitor-free habitat in termite nests. Sophisticated morphological and chemical camouflage are needed for the… Expand
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