Symbiont choice in a fungus-growing ant ( Attini , Formicidae )

  title={Symbiont choice in a fungus-growing ant ( Attini , Formicidae )},
  author={Ulrich G Mueller and Jessica Poulin and Rachelle M. M. Adamsa},
Cultivars of fungus-growing (attine) ants are vertically transmitted through inheritance from parent to offspring nest, but horizontal cultivar transfer between ant nests occurs occasionally, resulting in cultivar replacement within ant lineages. Two mechanisms could theoretically prevent the invasion of suboptimal cultivar strains and thus stabilize ant–cultivar coevolution: first, partner feedback inherent in vertical cultivar transmission and second, partner (symbiont) choice if the ants… CONTINUE READING

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