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- Rodrigues, André, et al. Show all 6 Authors
- Journal of insect physiology 2013 v.59 no.5 pp. 525-531
- Atta sexdens; Leucoagaricus; alpha-amylase; alpha-glucosidase; ant nests; biochemical pathways; byproducts; catalytic activity; evolution; fungi; glucose; herbivores; leaf-cutting ants; leaves; starch
- ... Mutualistic associations shape the evolution in different organism groups. The association between the leaf-cutter ant Atta sexdens and the basidiomycete fungus Leucoagaricus gongylophorus has enabled them to degrade starch from plant material generating glucose, which is a major food source for both mutualists. Starch degradation is promoted by enzymes contained in the fecal fluid that ants depos ...