Experimental evidence for the costs and hygienic significance of the antibiotic metapleural gland secretion in leaf-cutting ants

@article{Poulsen2002ExperimentalEF,
  title={Experimental evidence for the costs and hygienic significance of the antibiotic metapleural gland secretion in leaf-cutting ants},
  author={Michael Poulsen and Adrianne N. M. Bot and Mogens Gissel Nielsen and Jacobus J. Boomsma},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2002},
  volume={52},
  pages={151-157}
}
Abstract. The paired exocrine metapleural glands present in the large majority of ant species produce compounds with antibiotic properties. In the leaf-cutting ant, Acromyrmex octospinosus, the secretion consists of more than 20 different compounds and it has generally been assumed that the glands serve as a general defence against various infectious microbes of fungal and bacterial origin. We present results illuminating the direct costs and benefits of these metapleural gland defences in A… 

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