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The assembly of ant-farmed gardens: mutualism specialization following host broadening

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Ant-gardens (AGs) are ant/plant mutualisms in which ants farm epiphytes in return for nest space and food rewards. They occur in the Neotropics and Australasia, but not in Africa, and their evolutionary assembly remains unclear. We here use phylogenetic frameworks for important AG lineages in Australasia, namely the ant genus Philidris and domatium-bearing ferns (Lecanopteris) and flowering plants in the Apocynaceae (Hoya and Dischidia) and Rubiaceae (

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Peer reviewed

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10.1098/rspb.2016.1759

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Plant Sciences
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American Association of Plant Taxonomists More from this funder
Publisher:
Royal Society Publisher's website
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences Journal website
Volume:
284
Issue:
1850
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Article: 20161759
Publication date:
2017-03-15
Acceptance date:
2017-08-19
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
Pubs id:
pubs:735630
URN:
uri:83c8e682-21f9-4e13-a004-f36ad55e4691
UUID:
uuid:83c8e682-21f9-4e13-a004-f36ad55e4691
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pubs:735630
Paper number:
1850

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