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Main nutrient compounds in food bodies of Mexican Acacia ant-plants

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Heil,  M.
Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Society;

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Heil, M., Baumann, B., Kruger, R., & Linsenmair, K. E. (2004). Main nutrient compounds in food bodies of Mexican Acacia ant-plants. Chemoecology, 14(1), 45-52. doi:10.1007/s00049-003-0257-x.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-A063-5
Abstract
Myrmecophytic plants use obligate ant mutualists as a constitutive indirect defence mechanism. These plants often produce cellular food bodies (FBs) to nourish their resident ants. Lipids, proteins, and even highly specialised compounds such as glycogen