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Like Humans, Ants Use Bacteria to Make Their Gardens Grow


November 19, 2009

leaf-cutter ant Leaf-cutter ants, which cultivate fungus for food, have many remarkable qualities. Here's a new one to add to the list: the ant farmers, like their human counterparts, depend on nitrogen-fixing bacteria to make their gardens grow. Full Story

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