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The scent of symbiosis: gut bacteria affect social interactions in leafcutting ants
Animal gut microbiota affect host physiology and behaviour. In eusocial Hymenoptera, where colony-level integrity is preserved via a nestmate discrimination system based on cuticular hydrocarbon mixtures, microorganismal effects may influence social dynamics. Although nestmate recognition has undergone a thorough exploration during the last four decades, few studies have investigated the putative role of gut microbes. Here we integrate metagenomic, chemical and behavioural approaches to testdoi:10.1101/335521 fatcat:atdoecnfu5gf5iry3w24secyfa