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Dynamics of the association between a long-lived understory myrmecophyte and its specific associated ants

Abstract : Myrmecophytic symbioses are widespread in tropical ecosystems and their diversity makes them useful tools for understanding the origin and evolution of mutualisms. Obligate ant-plants, or myrmecophytes, provide a nesting place, and, often, food to a limited number of plant-ant species. In exchange, plant-ants protect their host plants from herbivores, competitors and pathogens, and can provide them with nutrients.
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Jérôme Orivel, Luc Lambs, Pierre-Jean G. Malé, Céline Leroy, Julien Grangier, et al.. Dynamics of the association between a long-lived understory myrmecophyte and its specific associated ants. Oecologia, Springer Verlag, 2011, vol. 165, pp.369-376. ⟨10.1007/s00442-010-1739-5⟩. ⟨hal-00955375⟩

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