Fungal hyphae as a source of nutrients for the leaf‐cutting ant Atta sexdens

@article{Bass1995FungalHA,
  title={Fungal hyphae as a source of nutrients for the leaf‐cutting ant Atta sexdens},
  author={M. Bass and J. M. Cherrett},
  journal={Physiological Entomology},
  year={1995},
  volume={20}
}
Abstract. The mutualistic fungus of leaf‐cutting ants produces both ordinary hyphae and specialized ant rewards: the staphylae. Workers of Atta sexdens (L.) lived longer on diets which included nutritive staphylae than on those which provided only hyphae. However, hyphae were a better diet than sucrose solution or water alone. Small workers lived longer than large workers when receiving fungus garden, whether or not staphylae were available, probably because they are specialized to care for the… Expand
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