The agricultural pathology of ant fungus gardens.

@article{Currie1999TheAP,
  title={The agricultural pathology of ant fungus gardens.},
  author={Cameron R. Currie and Ulrich G Mueller and David W. Malloch},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1999},
  volume={96 14},
  pages={
          7998-8002
        }
}
Gardens of fungus-growing ants (Formicidae: Attini) traditionally have been thought to be free of microbial parasites, with the fungal mutualist maintained in nearly pure "monocultures." We conducted extensive isolations of "alien" (nonmutualistic) fungi from ant gardens of a phylogenetically representative collection of attine ants. Contrary to the long-standing assumption that gardens are maintained free of microbial pathogens and parasites, they are in fact host to specialized parasites that… CONTINUE READING

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