Data from: Slowing them down will make them lose: a role for attine ant crop fungus in defending pupae against infections?

Sophie A. O. Armitage, Hermogenes Fernández-Marín, Jacobus J. Boomsma & William T. Wcislo
Fungus-growing ants (Attini) have evolved an obligate dependency upon a basidiomycete fungus that they cultivate as their food. Less well known is that the crop fungus is also used by many attine species to cover their eggs, larvae and pupae. The adaptive functional significance of this brood covering is poorly understood. One hypothesis to account for this behaviour is that it is part of the pathogen protection portfolio when many thousands of sister workers live...
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