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Epiphytic ant-plant obtains nitrogen from both native and invasive ant inhabitants

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Volp, T. M., Cernusak, L. A. and Lach, L. (2022) Epiphytic ant-plant obtains nitrogen from both native and invasive ant inhabitants. Biotropica, 54 (3). pp. 556-560. ISSN 0006-3606

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Article Link(s): https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.13104

Publisher URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/btp.13104

Abstract

Ant-plants have been extensively used as model systems in the study of the evolution and ecology of mutualisms. Using a 15N isotope labeling experiment, we found that both a native ant mutualist (Philidris cordata) and an invasive ant (Pheidole megacephala) provide nitrogen to the Australian ant-plant Myrmecodia beccarii.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Crop and Food Science
Additional Information:Open Access
Subjects:Science > Entomology
Animal culture > Insect culture and beneficial insects
Deposited On:09 May 2022 23:11
Last Modified:09 May 2022 23:11

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