Evolutionary History of the Symbiosis Between Fungus-Growing Ants and Their Fungi

@article{Chapela1994EvolutionaryHO,
  title={Evolutionary History of the Symbiosis Between Fungus-Growing Ants and Their Fungi},
  author={I. Chapela and S. Rehner and T. Schultz and U. Mueller},
  journal={Science},
  year={1994},
  volume={266},
  pages={1691 - 1694}
}
The evolutionary history of the symbiosis between fungus-growing ants (Attini) and their fungi was elucidated by comparing phylogenies of both symbionts. The fungal phylogeny based on cladistic analyses of nuclear 28S ribosomal DNA indicates that, in contrast with the monophyly of the ants, the attine fungi are polyphyletic. Most cultivated fungi belong to the basidiomycete family Lepiotaceae; however, one ant genus, Apterostigma, has acquired a distantly related basidiomycete lineage… Expand
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