Two fungal symbioses collide: endophytic fungi are not welcome in leaf-cutting ant gardens.

@article{Bael2009TwoFS,
  title={Two fungal symbioses collide: endophytic fungi are not welcome in leaf-cutting ant gardens.},
  author={Sunshine A. Van Bael and Herm{\'o}genes Fern{\'a}ndez-Mar{\'i}n and Mariana C. Valencia and Enith I. Rojas and William T. Wcislo and E. Herre},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={276 1666},
  pages={2419-26}
}
Interactions among the component members of different symbioses are not well studied. For example, leaf-cutting ants maintain an obligate symbiosis with their fungal garden, while the leaf material they provide to their garden is usually filled with endophytic fungi. The ants and their cultivar may interact with hundreds of endophytic fungal species, yet little is known about these interactions. Experimental manipulations showed that (i) ants spend more time cutting leaves from a tropical vine… CONTINUE READING

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