Monday, September 4, 2017

BacterioFiles 309 - Fungus Foils Phytophagy

Leafcutting ants
By Bandwagonman,
CC BY-SA 3.0
This episode: Fungi living in plants could protect them from ants that cut up their leaves to feed their own fungal gardens!

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Show notes:
Microbe of the episode: Escherichia virus RB3

Journal Paper:
Rocha SL, Evans HC, Jorge VL, Cardoso LAO, Pereira FST, Rocha FB, Barreto RW, Hart AG, Elliot SL. 2017. Recognition of endophytic Trichoderma species by leaf-cutting ants and their potential in a Trojan-horse management strategy. R Soc Open Sci 4:160628.

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