Abstracts (first author)
Using molecular and ‘omics’ approaches to understand the evolutionary complexities of ant fungus-farming
Author(s): Boomsma JK
The attine fungus-growing ants have become true model systems for the study of symbiotic adaptations now that high-quality reference genomes are increasingly available. This has given remarkable opportunities for pursuing molecular approaches to make connections between phenotypic traits and the expression of specific genes. High throughput sequencing techniques are now also allowing exploration of the diversity of additional symbiont communities, although the reconstruction of their function is challenging when they cannot be cultured. I will give an overview of recent developments and identify likely directions of future work.