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Endosymbionts mediate the effects of antibiotic exposure in the tramp ant Cardiocondyla obscurior

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Ün, Çiğdem ; Hacker, Julia ; Heinze, Jürgen ; Oettler, Jan ; Schultner, Eva
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1. Bacterial endosymbionts play a fundamental role in insect ecology. Ants host a large diversity of bacterial symbionts, but comparably little is known about how the loss or reduction of symbionts affects ant fitness. 2. We investigated the effects of the rifampicin, a commonly used antibiotic, on colonies from several populations of the globally distributed tramp ant Cardiocondyla obscurior, ...


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