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Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek. 2012 Feb;101(2):443-7. doi: 10.1007/s10482-011-9621-y. Epub 2011 Jul 12.

Fungus-growing Allomerus ants are associated with antibiotic-producing actinobacteria.

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School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK.

Abstract

Fungus-growing attine ants use natural-product antibiotics produced by mutualist actinobacteria as 'weedkillers' in their fungal gardens. Here we report for the first time that fungus-growing Allomerus ants, which lie outside the tribe Attini, are associated with antifungal-producing actinobacteria, which offer them protection against non-cultivar fungi isolated from their ant-plants.

PMID:
21748399
DOI:
10.1007/s10482-011-9621-y
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