Extended Phenotype: Nematodes Turn Ants into Bird-Dispersed Fruits

D. P. Hughes, D. J.C. Kronauer, J. J. Boomsma

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A recent study has discovered a novel extended phenotype of a nematode which alters its ant host to resemble ripe fruit. The infected ants are in turn eaten by frugivorous birds that disperse the nematode's eggs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R294-R295
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 8 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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