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Postsecretory hydrolysis of nectar sucrose and specialization in ant/plant mutualism

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

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Rattke,  J.
Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Society;

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Boland,  W.
Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Society;

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Heil, M., Rattke, J., & Boland, W. (2005). Postsecretory hydrolysis of nectar sucrose and specialization in ant/plant mutualism. Science, 308(5721), 560-563. doi:10.1126/science.1107536.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-A09D-5
Abstract
Obligate Acacia ant plants house mutualistic ants as a defense mechanism and provide them with extrafloral nectar (EFN). Ant/plant mutualisms are widespread, but little is known about the biochemical basis of their species specificity. Despite its impor