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Leaf-cutting ant faecal fluid and mandibular gland secretion: effects on microfungi spore germination.

Authors
  • Rodrigues, André
  • Carletti, Carla D
  • Bueno, Odair C
  • Pagnocca, Fernando C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Brazilian Journal of Microbiology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Volume
39
Issue
1
Pages
64–67
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1590/S1517-838220080001000016
PMID: 24031181
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The mandibular gland secretion (MGS) and the faecal fluid (FF) of the leaf-cutting ant Atta sexdens rubropilosa Forel affected the spore germination of selected microfungi isolated from nests of this insect. MGS was more effective than the FF, completely inhibiting the spore germination of four out of six microfungi species.

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