Fokuhl, Gerriet and Heinze, Jürgen and Poschlod, Peter (2007) Colony growth in Myrmica rubra with supplementation of myrmecochorous seeds. Ecological Research 22 (5), pp. 845-847.
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Myrmecochory is an important ant–plant relationship, which presumably has benefits for the reproductive success of ant colonies through the nutritional value of elaiosomes. In a feeding experiment, we provided elaiosomes of Scilla bifolia and Corydalis cava to colonies of Myrmica rubra. Seeds were transported by ant workers to their nests and the elaiosomes were removed afterwards. After 3 months, elaiosome-supplemented colonies contained significantly more worker pupae than control colonies, whereas the number of new female sexuals was reduced. This result is discussed as a possible long-term benefit for M. rubra colonies through myrmecochory by colony growth.
|Institutions:|| Biology, Preclinical Medicine > Institut für Botanik / Zellbiologie|
Biology, Preclinical Medicine > Institut für Zoologie
|Keywords:||Ant–plant mutualism; Caste determination; Colony growth; Elaiosome; Myrmecochory; Myrmica rubra|
|Subjects:||500 Science > 580 Botanical sciences|
500 Science > 570 Life sciences
500 Science > 590 Zoological sciences
|Refereed:||Yes, this version has been refereed|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Yes|
|Deposited On:||11 Feb 2009 14:38|
|Last Modified:||20 Jul 2011 21:25|