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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...

2009-11-07 10:51:44

Tree-dwelling ants generally live in harmony with their arboreal hosts. But new research suggests that when they run out of space in their trees of choice, the ants can get destructive to neighboring trees. The research, published in the November issue of the American Naturalist, is the first to document that ants bore into live trees, and it reopens a centuries-old debate on the relationship between ants and plants. Ants and certain species of plants and trees have cozy relationships....

2009-04-30 13:24:00

A Harvard University biologist says there are many beneficial relationships between organisms but she has discovered a rather strange ant-plant arrangement. Harvard researcher Megan Frederickson said Myrmecophyte plants often provide home for several species of ants by sheltering them in hollow spaces in its limbs or leaves. The ants, in turn, protect the plant from other insects or encroaching vegetation. But Frederickson says sometimes that balance tips toward one partner or the other....

2009-04-29 08:27:05

Nature is full of mutually beneficial arrangements between organisms"”like the relationship between flowering plants and their bee pollinators. But sometimes these blissful relationships have a dark side, as Harvard biologist Megan Frederickson describes in an article for the May issue of The American Naturalist. Generally, the relationship between ants and plants is a great example of biological mutualism. Myrmecophyte plants"”otherwise known as ant-plants"” often provide...

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