Sanction mechanism identified between ants and host plants

CNRS researchers from Toulouse III University – Paul Sabatier and the IRD have recently observed an original sanction interaction between a plant and an ant. In French Guiana, the Hirtella physophora plant is capable of retaliating against the "guest ants" that prevent it from flowering. These results illustrate the importance of sanction mechanisms, which prevent a mutualistic partner from becoming a parasite.

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Photo CNRS/ In French Guiana, the hirtella physophora plant lives in symbiosis with ants

Dernière modification : 18/07/2013

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