Data from: Anti-pathogen protection versus survival costs mediated by an ectosymbiont in an ant host

Matthias Konrad, Anna V. Grasse, Simon Tragust & Sylvia Cremer
The fitness effects of symbionts on their hosts can be context-dependent, with usually benign symbionts causing detrimental effects when their hosts are stressed, or typically parasitic symbionts providing protection towards their hosts (e.g. against pathogen infection). Here, we studied the novel association between the invasive garden ant Lasius neglectus and its fungal ectosymbiont Laboulbenia formicarum for potential costs and benefits. We tested ants with different Laboulbenia levels for their survival and immunity under resource limitation...
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