June 17, 2019

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    Investment in reward by ant-dispersed plants

    Myrmecochory is a mutualistic interaction in which ants disperse the seeds of plants. The defining feature of such plants is the elaiosome, a lipid rich seed appendage that serves as a reward to the ants. It is estimated that ~11,000 plant species worldwide display adaptations for dispersal of seeds by ants and ~100 ant species […] More