Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 101, Issue 2, pp 443–447

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

  • Ryan F. Seipke
  • Jörg Barke
  • Mario X. Ruiz-Gonzalez
  • Jérôme Orivel
  • Douglas W. Yu
  • Matthew I. Hutchings
Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10482-011-9621-y

Cite this article as:
Seipke, R.F., Barke, J., Ruiz-Gonzalez, M.X. et al. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (2012) 101: 443. doi:10.1007/s10482-011-9621-y

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.

Keywords

Fungus-growing antsAllomerus antsInsect fungicultureAnt-bacteria symbiosesStreptomycesAmycolatopsis

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan F. Seipke
    • 1
  • Jörg Barke
    • 1
  • Mario X. Ruiz-Gonzalez
    • 2
  • Jérôme Orivel
    • 3
  • Douglas W. Yu
    • 4
  • Matthew I. Hutchings
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK
  2. 2.Department of Abiotic StressGroup of Integrative and Systems Biology, Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas (CSIC-Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)ValenciaSpain
  3. 3.CNRS, UMR Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane, Campus AgronomiqueKourou CedexFrance
  4. 4.State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and EvolutionEcology, Conservation and Environment Center (ECEC), Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of SciencesKunming, YunnanChina