Fungus-growing Allomerus ants are associated with antibiotic-producing actinobacteria
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- Seipke, R.F., Barke, J., Ruiz-Gonzalez, M.X. et al. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (2012) 101: 443. doi:10.1007/s10482-011-9621-y
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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.