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Classic view of leaf-cutter ants overlooked nitrogen-fixing partner

Bacteria boost nutrients for fungal crops that feed millions of six-legged farmers

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4:05pm, November 19, 2009

No pigs or chickens yet. But the vast farms where leaf-cutter ants raise their fungal crops may harbor a crew of previously overlooked farmhands — nitrogen-fixing bacteria.

At least eight species of leaf-cutter ants

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