Highly similar microbial communities are shared among related and trophically similar ant species

@article{Anderson2012HighlySM,
  title={Highly similar microbial communities are shared among related and trophically similar ant species},
  author={Kirk E. Anderson and Jacob A. Russell and Corrie S. Moreau and Stefanie Kautz and Karen E Sullam and Yi Hu and Ursula Basinger and Brendon M. Mott and Norman Buck and Diana E. Wheeler},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2012},
  volume={21}
}
Ants dominate many terrestrial ecosystems, yet we know little about their nutritional physiology and ecology. While traditionally viewed as predators and scavengers, recent isotopic studies revealed that many dominant ant species are functional herbivores. As with other insects with nitrogen‐poor diets, it is hypothesized that these ants rely on symbiotic bacteria for nutritional supplementation. In this study, we used cloning and 16S sequencing to further characterize the bacterial flora of… 

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