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Convergent evolution of a labile nutritional symbiosis in ants

Jackson, Raphaella ; Monnin, David ; Patapiou, Patapios A ; Golding, Gemma ; Helanterä, Heikki ; Oettler, Jan ; Heinze, Jürgen ; Wurm, Yannick ; Economou, Chloe K ; Chapuisat, Michel ; Henry, Lee M



Abstract

Ants are among the most successful organisms on Earth. It has been suggested that forming symbioses with nutrient-supplementing microbes may have contributed to their success, by allowing ants to invade otherwise inaccessible niches. However, it is unclear whether ants have evolved symbioses repeatedly to overcome the same nutrient limitations. Here, we address this question by comparing the ...

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