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Ants independently advanced to farm fungus at the very least twice



A cocktail ant reducing off a chunk of a leaf

Piotr Naskrecki

In heat areas of the Americas, leafcutter ants farm the fungus that they eat, gathering bits of greenery to feed it. A whole ocean away, one species of ant in Africa makes use of a really comparable fungus cultivation approach. The findings counsel that this complicated ant-fungus relationship has advanced independently at the very least twice.

The almost 50 species of leafcutter ant tirelessly carve and shuttle items of leaves again to their expansive subterranean nests, the place they feed the bounty to a fungal tradition …

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