Yeasts found on an ephemeral reproductive caste of the leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens rubropilosa

@article{Arcuri2014YeastsFO,
  title={Yeasts found on an ephemeral reproductive caste of the leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens rubropilosa},
  author={Silvio Lovato Arcuri and Fernando Carlos Pagnocca and Weilan Gomes da Paix{\~a}o Melo and Nilson Satoru Nagamoto and Dirce Leimi Komura and Andre Schmidt Rodrigues},
  journal={Antonie van Leeuwenhoek},
  year={2014},
  volume={106},
  pages={475-487}
}
Winged males of leaf-cutting ants are considered an ephemeral reproductive caste only produced before the mating flight season. Although much is known about the yeast diversity found in fungus gardens of attine ants, no study has focused on the yeasts associated with males of leaf-cutting ants. Here, we surveyed the yeasts on the integuments of males of Atta sexdens rubropilosa and assessed their potential role in the attine ant-microbe symbiosis. Using culture-dependent techniques, we found… CONTINUE READING
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