A phylogenetic perspective on the association between ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and black yeasts (Ascomycota: Chaetothyriales)

Marie Vasse , Hermann Voglmayr , Veronika Mayer , Cécile Gueidan , Maximilian Nepel , Leandro Moreno , Sybren de Hoog , Marc-Andre Selosse , Doyle Mckey , Rumsais Blatrix


The frequency and the geographical extent of symbiotic associations between ants and fungi of the order Chaetothyriales have been highlighted only recently. Using a phylogenetic approach based on seven molecular markers, we showed that ant-associated Chaetothyriales are scattered through the phylogeny of this order. There was no clustering according to geographical origin or to the taxonomy of the ant host. However, strains tended to be clustered according to the type of association with ants: strains from ant-made carton and strains from plant cavities occupied by ants (‘domatia’) rarely clustered together. Defining molecular operational taxonomic units (MOTUs) with an internal transcribed spacer sequence similarity cut-off of 99% revealed that a single MOTU could be composed of strains collected from various ant species and from several continents. Some ant-associated MOTUs also contained strains isolated from habitats other than ant-associated structures. Altogether, our results suggest that the degree of specialization of the interactions between ants and their fungal partners is highly variable. A better knowledge of the ecology of these interactions and a more comprehensive sampling of the fungal order are needed to elucidate the evolutionary history of mutualistic symbioses between ants and Chaetothyriales.
Author Marie Vasse
Marie Vasse,,
, Hermann Voglmayr
Hermann Voglmayr,,
, Veronika Mayer
Veronika Mayer,,
, Cécile Gueidan
Cécile Gueidan,,
, Maximilian Nepel
Maximilian Nepel,,
, Leandro Moreno
Leandro Moreno,,
, Sybren de Hoog
Sybren de Hoog,,
, Marc-Andre Selosse (FB / DPTNC)
Marc-Andre Selosse,,
- Department of Plant Taxonomy and Nature Conservation
, Doyle Mckey
Doyle Mckey,,
, Rumsais Blatrix
Rumsais Blatrix,,
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Journal seriesProceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, ISSN 0962-8452, (A 40 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishsymbiosis, mutualism, ant-plant, Chaetothyriales, phylogeny
ASJC Classification1100 General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; 2300 General Environmental Science; 2400 General Immunology and Microbiology; 1300 General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; 2700 General Medicine
URL http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/royprsb/284/1850/20162519.full.pdf
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)40
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ScoreMinisterial score = 40.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 6; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.474; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 4.847 (2) - 2017=5.611 (5)
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