Phylogenetic Placement of An Unusual Coral Mushroom Challenges the Classic Hypothesis of Strict Coevolution in the Apterostigma pilosum Group Ant-Fungus Mutualism

@inproceedings{Dentinger2009PhylogeneticPO,
  title={Phylogenetic Placement of An Unusual Coral Mushroom Challenges the Classic Hypothesis of Strict Coevolution in the Apterostigma pilosum Group Ant-Fungus Mutualism},
  author={B. Dentinger and D. J. Lodge and A. Munkacsi and D. Desjardin and D. McLaughlin},
  booktitle={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2009}
}
The ∼50 million-year-old fungus-farming ant mutualism is a classic example of coevolution, involving ants that subsist on asexual, fungal biomass, in turn propagating the fungus clonally through nest-to-nest transmission. Most mutualistic ants cultivate two closely related groups of gilled mushrooms, whereas one small group of ants in the genus Apterostigma cultivates a distantly related lineage comprised of the G2 and G4 groups. The G2 and G4 fungi were previously shown to form a monophyletic… Expand
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