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Evolution of cold-tolerant fungal symbionts permits winter fungiculture by leafcutter ants at the northern frontier of a tropical ant-fungus symbiosis.

Mueller UG, Mikheyev AS, Hong E, Sen R, Warren DL, Solomon SE, Ishak HD, Cooper M, Miller JL, Shaffer KA, Juenger TE.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Mar 8;108(10):4053-6. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1015806108. Epub 2011 Feb 22.


Phylogenetic patterns of ant-fungus associations indicate that farming strategies, not only a superior fungal cultivar, explain the ecological success of leafcutter ants.

Mueller UG, Kardish MR, Ishak HD, Wright AM, Solomon SE, Bruschi SM, Carlson AL, Bacci M Jr.

Mol Ecol. 2018 May;27(10):2414-2434. doi: 10.1111/mec.14588. Epub 2018 May 9.


Monoculture of leafcutter ant gardens.

Mueller UG, Scott JJ, Ishak HD, Cooper M, Rodrigues A.

PLoS One. 2010 Sep 10;5(9). pii: e12668. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0012668.


Ant-fungus species combinations engineer physiological activity of fungus gardens.

Seal JN, Schiøtt M, Mueller UG.

J Exp Biol. 2014 Jul 15;217(Pt 14):2540-7. doi: 10.1242/jeb.098483. Epub 2014 May 6.


Frontier mutualism: coevolutionary patterns at the northern range limit of the leaf-cutter ant-fungus symbiosis.

Mueller UG, Mikheyev AS, Solomon SE, Cooper M.

Proc Biol Sci. 2011 Oct 22;278(1721):3050-9. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.0125. Epub 2011 Mar 9.


Biogeography of mutualistic fungi cultivated by leafcutter ants.

Mueller UG, Ishak HD, Bruschi SM, Smith CC, Herman JJ, Solomon SE, Mikheyev AS, Rabeling C, Scott JJ, Cooper M, Rodrigues A, Ortiz A, Brandão CRF, Lattke JE, Pagnocca FC, Rehner SA, Schultz TR, Vasconcelos HL, Adams RMM, Bollazzi M, Clark RM, Himler AG, LaPolla JS, Leal IR, Johnson RA, Roces F, Sosa-Calvo J, Wirth R, Bacci M Jr.

Mol Ecol. 2017 Dec;26(24):6921-6937. doi: 10.1111/mec.14431. Epub 2017 Dec 2.


The origin of the attine ant-fungus mutualism.

Mueller UG, Schultz TR, Currie CR, Adams RM, Malloch D.

Q Rev Biol. 2001 Jun;76(2):169-97. Review.


Convergent evolution of complex structures for ant-bacterial defensive symbiosis in fungus-farming ants.

Li H, Sosa-Calvo J, Horn HA, Pupo MT, Clardy J, Rabeling C, Schultz TR, Currie CR.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Oct 16;115(42):10720-10725. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1809332115. Epub 2018 Oct 3.


Evolutionary patterns of proteinase activity in attine ant fungus gardens.

Semenova TA, Hughes DP, Boomsma JJ, Schiøtt M.

BMC Microbiol. 2011 Jan 19;11:15. doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-11-15.


Soluble Compounds of Filamentous Fungi Harm the Symbiotic Fungus of Leafcutter Ants.

Bizarria R Jr, Moia IC, Montoya QV, Polezel DA, Rodrigues A.

Curr Microbiol. 2018 Dec;75(12):1602-1608. doi: 10.1007/s00284-018-1566-1. Epub 2018 Sep 10.


A Brazilian population of the asexual fungus-growing ant Mycocepurus smithii (Formicidae, Myrmicinae, Attini) cultivates fungal symbionts with gongylidia-like structures.

Masiulionis VE, Rabeling C, De Fine Licht HH, Schultz T, Bacci M Jr, Bezerra CM, Pagnocca FC.

PLoS One. 2014 Aug 7;9(8):e103800. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103800. eCollection 2014.


Escovopsioides as a fungal antagonist of the fungus cultivated by leafcutter ants.

Osti JF, Rodrigues A.

BMC Microbiol. 2018 Oct 10;18(1):130. doi: 10.1186/s12866-018-1265-x.


Landscape genomics of an obligate mutualism: Concordant and discordant population structures between the leafcutter ant Atta texana and its two main fungal symbiont types.

Smith CC, Weber JN, Mikheyev AS, Roces F, Bollazzi M, Kellner K, Seal JN, Mueller UG.

Mol Ecol. 2019 Jun;28(11):2831-2845. doi: 10.1111/mec.15111. Epub 2019 May 29.


Identifying the transition between single and multiple mating of queens in fungus-growing ants.

Villesen P, Murakami T, Schultz TR, Boomsma JJ.

Proc Biol Sci. 2002 Aug 7;269(1500):1541-8.


Population genetic signatures of diffuse co-evolution between leaf-cutting ants and their cultivar fungi.

Mikheyev AS, Mueller UG, Boomsma JJ.

Mol Ecol. 2007 Jan;16(1):209-16.


Low host-pathogen specificity in the leaf-cutting ant-microbe symbiosis.

Taerum SJ, Cafaro MJ, Little AE, Schultz TR, Currie CR.

Proc Biol Sci. 2007 Aug 22;274(1621):1971-8.


Ecology of microfungal communities in gardens of fungus-growing ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): a year-long survey of three species of attine ants in Central Texas.

Rodrigues A, Mueller UG, Ishak HD, Bacci M Jr, Pagnocca FC.

FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2011 Nov;78(2):244-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2011.01152.x. Epub 2011 Jul 14.


Ancient tripartite coevolution in the attine ant-microbe symbiosis.

Currie CR, Wong B, Stuart AE, Schultz TR, Rehner SA, Mueller UG, Sung GH, Spatafora JW, Straus NA.

Science. 2003 Jan 17;299(5605):386-8.


Evolution of ant-cultivar specialization and cultivar switching in Apterostigma fungus-growing ants.

Villesen P, Mueller UG, Schultz TR, Adams RM, Bouck AC.

Evolution. 2004 Oct;58(10):2252-65.


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