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Can interaction specificity in the fungus-farming termite symbiosis be explained by nutritional requirements of the fungal crop?
Fungus-growing termites are associated with genus-specific fungal symbionts, which they acquire via horizontal transmission. Selection of specific symbionts may be explained by the provisioning of specific, optimal cultivar growth substrates by termite farmers. We tested whether differences in in vitro performance of Termitomyces cultivars from nests of three termite species on various substrates are correlated with the interaction specificity of their hosts. We performed single-factor growthdoi:10.1016/j.funeco.2018.08.009 fatcat:szntafmlevhs7gqq2pkuyga6b4