Open relationships in the castles of clay: high diversity and low host specificity of Termitomyces fungi associated with fungus-growing termites in Africa

@article{Osiemo2010OpenRI,
  title={Open relationships in the castles of clay: high diversity and low host specificity of Termitomyces fungi associated with fungus-growing termites in Africa},
  author={Z. B. Osiemo and Andreas Marten and Manfred Kaib and Linus M Gitonga and Hamadi Iddi Boga and Roland Brandl},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2010},
  volume={57},
  pages={351-363}
}
In the African and Asian tropics, termites of the subfamily Macrotermitinae play a major role in the decomposition of dead plant material. Their ecological success lies in the obligate mutualism of the termites with fungi of the genus Termitomyces. Before the advent of molecular studies, the interaction with these fungi was poorly understood. Here, we combined available ITS sequence data from West, Central, and South Africa with data of 39 new samples from East Africa to achieve the most… CONTINUE READING
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