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From: Metagenomic and metaproteomic insights into bacterial communities in leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens

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Leaf cutter ants forage on plant material (a) that they use as manure for specialized fungus gardens (b). Pyrosequencing of bacterial 16S genes from fungus gardens of the leaf-cutter ants A. colombica and A. cephalotes recovered 8000–12 000 sequences representing 25–274 OTUs (OTUs, 97% identity cutoff) (c). Microbial community composition was then investigated by directly pyrosequencing 382–441 Mbp of DNA from the same leaf-cutter ant fungus gardens and using the Genome Abundance and Average Size tool to estimate the relative abundance of different microbial groups (d) (photo credits: a, Jarrod J Scott; b, Austin D Lynch).