Epiphytic ant-plant obtains nitrogen from both native and invasive ant inhabitants

Volp, Trevor M., Cernusak, Lucas A., and Lach, Lori (2022) Epiphytic ant-plant obtains nitrogen from both native and invasive ant inhabitants. Biotropica, 54 (3). pp. 556-560.

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Abstract

Ant-plants have been extensively used as model systems in the study of the evolution and ecology of mutualisms. Using a 15N isotope labeling experiment, we found that both a native ant mutualist (Philidris cordata) and an invasive ant (Pheidole megacephala) provide nitrogen to the Australian ant-plant Myrmecodia beccarii.

Item ID: 74297
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1744-7429
Keywords: N-15, invasive species, mutualism, myrmecophyte, myrmecotrophy, nitrogen, stable isotope, tropical Australia
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Biotropica published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Research Data: https://doi.org/10.25903/5ef53d362b066
Date Deposited: 25 May 2022 08:17
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3108 Plant biology > 310806 Plant physiology @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310308 Terrestrial ecology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity @ 100%
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