Leaf-cutting ant fungi produce cell wall degrading pectinase complexes reminiscent of phytopathogenic fungi

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  • Morten Schiøtt
  • Adelina Rogowska-Wrzesinska
  • Peter Roepstorff
  • Boomsma, Koos
Leaf-cutting (attine) ants use their own fecal material to manure fungus gardens, which consist of leaf material overgrown by hyphal threads of the basidiomycete fungus Leucocoprinus gongylophorus that lives in symbiosis with the ants. Previous studies have suggested that the fecal droplets contain proteins that are produced by the fungal symbiont to pass unharmed through the digestive system of the ants, so they can enhance new fungus garden growth.
Original languageEnglish
JournalB M C Biology
Pages (from-to)156
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

    Research areas

  • Amino Acid Sequence, Animals, Ants, Cell Wall, Cloning, Molecular, Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel, Feces, Fungi, Genes, Fungal, Mass Spectrometry, Models, Biological, Multienzyme Complexes, Plant Leaves, Polygalacturonase, Symbiosis

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