What is the name of the symbiotic creature which lives on the 'bearded ant'?
#79103. Asked by tragic_flawed. (Apr 19 07 12:14 AM)
Ants that tend and harvest gardens of fungus have a secret weapon against the parasites that invade their crops: antibiotic-producing bacteria that the insects harbor on their bodies.
The researchers found that the ants house the bacteria in specialized, highly adapted cavities and nourish them with glandular secretions-an indication that the ants, bacteria, fungus and parasites have likely been evolving together for tens of millions of years.
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