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Non-lethal fungal infection could reduce aggression towards strangers in ants

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Csata, Enikő ; Casacci, Luca Pietro ; Ruther, Joachim ; Bernadou, Abel ; Heinze, Jürgen ; Markó, Bálint
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Many parasites interfere with the behaviour of their hosts. In social animals, such as ants, parasitic interference can cause changes on the level of the individual and also on the level of the society. The ant-parasitic fungus Rickia wasmannii influences the behaviour of Myrmica ants by expanding the host’s nestmate recognition template, thereby increasing the chance of the colony accepting ...


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