The role of the symbiotic fungus in the digestive metabolism of two species of fungus-growing ants

@article{dEttorre2001TheRO,
  title={The role of the symbiotic fungus in the digestive metabolism of two species of fungus-growing ants},
  author={P. d’Ettorre and P. Mora and V. Dibangou and C. Rouland and C. Errard},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
  year={2001},
  volume={172},
  pages={169-176}
}
Abstract. Leaf-cutting ants live in an obligatory symbiosis with a fungus which they grow on fresh leaves harvested by workers. This study attempts to clarify the respective role of ants and fungus in the degradation of plant material, in order to highlight the evolutionary basis of this mutualistic association. The symbiotic system of two ant species, Acromyrmex subterraneus subterraneus and Acromyrmex crassispinus, was investigated. To identify the digestive carbohydrases, a total of 19… Expand
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