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Leaf-Cutting Ants Harvesting Leaf Pieces

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Caption: Leaf-cutting ants harvest leaf pieces to fertilize their fungal crop in underground nests. Smithsonian scientists find that both the ants and the garden fungus reject other fungi growing inside the leaf pieces.

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