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Hemipteran–ant mutualism could represent symbiotic invasion
Author: Wang Bo
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Update time: 2021-11-23
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Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) are among the most diverse and abundant insects on this planet. Both native and invasive ants are capable of forming mutualisms with hemipteran insects, preying on non-hemipteran herbivores and indirectly affecting primary production. To date, most research has focused on only one or two levels of interaction between ants, other arthropods, and plants, and few studies have focused on the potential effects of ant-hemipteran trophic interactions as a whole. 

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