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The oldest gardeners

Author(s): Jan Boczek, Małgorzata Kiełkiewicz, Małgorzata Kłyś
Subject(s): Environmental Geography
Published by: Instytut Badań Edukacyjnych
Keywords: fungus-farming ants; termites; ambrosia beetles; mutualistic interactions with fungi

Summary/Abstract: During millions years of evolution, some species of ants, termites and beetles independently worked out mutualistic interactions with fungi. Examples of the behaviour of such insects which insure proper conditions for growth and development of the fungi and get valuable food in return are presented. Attention was directed to microorganisms living in symbiosis with fungus-growing ants and producing antibiotics protecting ant colonies against bacterial infection.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 37-41
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Polish