Sunday, 24 September 2017

Scientists show molecular basis for ants acting as 'bodyguards' for plants

Date: September 18, 2017
Source: University of Toronto
Though you might not think of ants as formidable bodyguards, some do an impressive job protecting plants from enemies. Examing the relationship between the Amazon rainforest plant Cordia nodosa in Peru and the ant species Allomerus octoarticulatus, scientists found the degree to which the ants express two genes significantly impacts the amount of protection they provide to their hosts.

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