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Acacia Plants Protected Against Pathogens By Ants
2014-01-16 10:19:05

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology Researchers discover an additional level of this insect-plant symbiosis The biological term “symbiosis” refers to what economists and politicians usually call a win-win situation: a relationship between two partners which is beneficial to both. The mutualistic association between acacia plants and the ants that live on them is an excellent example: The plants provide food and accommodation in the form of food bodies and nectar as well as...

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2009-10-12 13:05:00

A Central American species of spider, known as Bagheera kiplingi (B. kiplingi), represents the first known instance to science of an arachnid that dines primarily on plants. About 40,000 unique spiders have been described to date, with most considered strict predators that either trap their prey in intricate webs or hunt them down directly. The newly-discovered vegetarian spider primarily consumes something called Beltian bodies, specialized leaf-tip structures produced by acacia shrubs....