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Obligate plant farming by a specialized ant

Abstract:
Many epiphytic plants have associated with ants to gain nutrients. Here, we report a novel type of ant-plant symbiosis in Fiji where one ant species actively and exclusively plants the seeds and fertilizes the seedlings of six species of Squamellaria (Rubiaceae). Comparison with related facultative ant plants suggests that such farming plays a key role in mutualism stability by mitigating the critical re-establishment step.
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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1038/nplants.2016.181

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Plant Sciences
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, 4D00 MPLS Division, MPLS Divisional Office
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Name:
German Research Foundation
Grant:
RE 603/20
Publisher:
Springer Nature
Journal:
Nature Plants More from this journal
Volume:
2
Issue:
12
Article number:
16181
Publication date:
2016-10-24
Acceptance date:
2016-11-21
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ISSN:
2055-0278
Pmid:
27869787
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:735631
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uuid:236ba612-964b-4414-ab87-4fe7d489250c
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pubs:735631
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735631
Deposit date:
2017-10-17

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