Contact: Dr. Wilhelm Boland
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Caption: Leaves of Acacia hindsii plants colonized by mutualistic (left) or parasitic ants (right). Plants associated with the mutualistic ant species Pseudomyrmex ferrugineus are visibly healthier than their neighbors.
Credit: Marcia González-Teuber / Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
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