Trifongi

Topic

Tripartism and fungiculture in interactions between plants and ants of genus Allomerus.

Funding and duration

FRB innovative projects 2009.

Duration: 2 years (2010-2011)

PI

Jérôme Orivel, UMR EcoFoG.

Partnership

  • UMR Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane, Kourou
  • UMR Surfaces Cellulaires et Signalisation chez les Végétaux, Toulouse (N. Séjalon-Delmas)
  • IFR 40, Plateforme Microscopie et Imagerie Cellulaire, Toulouse (A. Jauneau)

Presentation

The aim of this project is to develop innovative research projects focusing on the contribution of microorganisms to the structuring, dynamics, and maintenance of obligatory, mutualistic associations between ants and plants. Through the study of a tripartite interaction in which plant-ants manipulate a sooty-mould to build a trap, we aim to verify if these ants practice a specific kind of fungiculture and to quantify the trophic roles this sooty-mould has developed with its two other partners, something that could lead to a reconsideration of the very nature of these ant-plant mutualisms.

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