The genome of the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior suggests key adaptations to advanced social life and fungus farming.

@article{Nygaard2011TheGO,
  title={The genome of the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior suggests key adaptations to advanced social life and fungus farming.},
  author={Sanne Nygaard and Guojie Zhang and Morten Schi\ott and Cai Li and Yannick Wurm and Haofu Hu and Jiajian Zhou and Lu Ji and Feng Qiu and Morten H. Rasmussen and Hailin Pan and Frank Hauser and Anders Krogh and Cornelis J. P. Grimmelikhuijzen and Jun Wang and Jacobus J Boomsma},
  journal={Genome research},
  year={2011},
  volume={21 8},
  pages={1339-48}
}
We present a high-quality (>100× depth) Illumina genome sequence of the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior, a model species for symbiosis and reproductive conflict studies. We compare this genome with three previously sequenced genomes of ants from different subfamilies and focus our analyses on aspects of the genome likely to be associated with known evolutionary changes. The first is the specialized fungal diet of A. echinatior, where we find gene loss in the ant's arginine synthesis… CONTINUE READING

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