Food influence on colonial recognition and chemical signature between nestmates in the fungus-growing ant Acromyrmex subterraneus subterraneus

@article{Richard2003FoodIO,
  title={Food influence on colonial recognition and chemical signature
between nestmates in the fungus-growing ant Acromyrmex subterraneus
subterraneus},
  author={Freddie-Jeanne Richard and Abraham Hefetz and J. -P. Christides and Christine Errard},
  journal={CHEMOECOLOGY},
  year={2003},
  volume={14},
  pages={9-16}
}
Summary.Neotropical “Fungus-growing” leaf-cutting ants (tribe Attini) live in obligatory symbiosis with a fungus, which they grow on fresh leaves harvested by workers. Colonial recognition is likely based on chemical cues provided by cuticular hydrocarbons that have been found to be partly influenced by environmental odor sources. The diet breadth of Acromyrmex subterraneus subterraneus enabled us to test the impact of different plant diets on colonial recognition. The intermediary of the… CONTINUE READING

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