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Consistent patterns of fungal communities within ant-plants across a large geographic range strongly suggest a multipartite mutualism

Greenfield, Melinda J; Lach, Lori; Congdon, Brad C; Anslan, Sten; Tedersoo, Leho; Field, Matthew; Abell, Sandra E


In recent decades, multipartite mutualisms involving microorganisms such as fungi have been discovered in associations traditionally thought of as bipartite. Ant-plant mutualisms were long thought to be bipartite despite fungi being noticed in an epiphytic ant-plant over 100 years ago. We sequenced fungal DNA from the three distinct domatium chambers of the epiphytic ant-plant Myrmecodia beccarii to establish if fungal communities differ by chamber type across five geographic locations spanning...[Show more]

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Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: Mycological Progress
DOI: 10.1007/s11557-021-01690-z
Access Rights: Open Access


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