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Chemical warfare between fungus-growing ants and their pathogens

Authors
  • Batey, Sibyl F.D.1
  • Greco, Claudio1
  • Hutchings, Matthew I.1, 2
  • Wilkinson, Barrie1
  • 1 Department of Molecular Microbiology, John Innes Centre, Norwich, NR4 7UH, United Kingdom
  • 2 School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TU, United Kingdom
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
59
Pages
172–181
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2020.08.001
PMID: 32949983
PMCID: PMC7763482
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Article
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Abstract

• Specialist fungal pathogens attack the nests of fungus-growing ants. • Ants form mutualistic relationships with defensive actinomycete bacteria. • Specialised metabolites underpin these mutualistic and antagonistic interactions.

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