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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.


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.


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.


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.


Nuclear populations of the multinucleate fungus of leafcutter ants can be dekaryotized and recombined to manipulate growth of nutritive hyphal nodules harvested by the ants.

Carlson AL, Ishak HD, Kurian J, Mikheyev AS, Gifford I, Mueller UG.

Mycologia. 2017;109(5):832-846. doi: 10.1080/00275514.2017.1400304. Epub 2018 Jan 4.


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.


Microfungal "weeds" in the leafcutter ant symbiosis.

Rodrigues A, Bacci M Jr, Mueller UG, Ortiz A, Pagnocca FC.

Microb Ecol. 2008 Nov;56(4):604-14. doi: 10.1007/s00248-008-9380-0. Epub 2008 Mar 28.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Low variation in ribosomal DNA and internal transcribed spacers of the symbiotic fungi of leaf-cutting ants (Attini: Formicidae).

Silva-Pinhati AC, Bacci M Jr, Hinkle G, Sogin ML, Pagnocca FC, Martins VG, Bueno OC, Hebling MJ.

Braz J Med Biol Res. 2004 Oct;37(10):1463-72. Epub 2004 Sep 22.


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.


Growth and enzymatic activity of Leucoagaricus gongylophorus, a mutualistic fungus isolated from the leaf-cutting ant Atta mexicana, on cellulose and lignocellulosic biomass.

Vigueras G, Paredes-Hernández D, Revah S, Valenzuela J, Olivares-Hernández R, Le Borgne S.

Lett Appl Microbiol. 2017 Aug;65(2):173-181. doi: 10.1111/lam.12759. Epub 2017 Jul 4.


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.


Isolation of the symbiotic fungus of Acromyrmex pubescens and phylogeny of Leucoagaricus gongylophorus from leaf-cutting ants.

Bich GA, Castrillo ML, Villalba LL, Zapata PD.

Saudi J Biol Sci. 2017 May;24(4):851-856. doi: 10.1016/j.sjbs.2016.05.010. Epub 2016 May 19.


Leucoagaricus gongylophorus produces diverse enzymes for the degradation of recalcitrant plant polymers in leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens.

Aylward FO, Burnum-Johnson KE, Tringe SG, Teiling C, Tremmel DM, Moeller JA, Scott JJ, Barry KW, Piehowski PD, Nicora CD, Malfatti SA, Monroe ME, Purvine SO, Goodwin LA, Smith RD, Weinstock GM, Gerardo NM, Suen G, Lipton MS, Currie CR.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013 Jun;79(12):3770-8. doi: 10.1128/AEM.03833-12. Epub 2013 Apr 12.


Comparative dating of attine ant and lepiotaceous cultivar phylogenies reveals coevolutionary synchrony and discord.

Mikheyev AS, Mueller UG, Abbot P.

Am Nat. 2010 Jun;175(6):E126-33. doi: 10.1086/652472.


Chemical warfare between leafcutter ant symbionts and a co-evolved pathogen.

Heine D, Holmes NA, Worsley SF, Santos ACA, Innocent TM, Scherlach K, Patrick EH, Yu DW, Murrell JC, Vieria PC, Boomsma JJ, Hertweck C, Hutchings MI, Wilkinson B.

Nat Commun. 2018 Jun 7;9(1):2208. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04520-1.

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