The diversity of ant-associated black yeasts: insights into a newly discovered world of symbiotic interactions.

  title={The diversity of ant-associated black yeasts: insights into a newly discovered world of symbiotic interactions.},
  author={Hermann Voglmayr and Veronika Mayer and Ulrich Maschwitz and Joachim Moog and Champlain Dji{\'e}to-Lordon and Rumsa{\"i}s Blatrix},
  journal={Fungal biology},
  volume={115 10},
Based on pure culture studies and DNA phylogenetic analyses, black yeasts (Chaetothyriales, Ascomycota) are shown to be widely distributed and important components of numerous plant-ant-fungus networks, independently acquired by several ant lineages in the Old and New World. Data from ITS and LSU nu rDNA demonstrate that a high biodiversity of fungal species is involved. There are two common ant-fungus symbioses involving black yeasts: (1) on the carton walls of ant nests and galleries, and (2… CONTINUE READING


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