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Nutritional upgrading for omnivorous carpenter ants by the endosymbiont Blochmannia

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biology, October 2007
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Nutritional upgrading for omnivorous carpenter ants by the endosymbiont Blochmannia
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BMC Biology, October 2007
DOI 10.1186/1741-7007-5-48
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Heike Feldhaar, Josef Straka, Markus Krischke, Kristina Berthold, Sascha Stoll, Martin J Mueller, Roy Gross


Carpenter ants (genus Camponotus) are considered to be omnivores. Nonetheless, the genome sequence of Blochmannia floridanus, the obligate intracellular endosymbiont of Camponotus floridanus, suggests a function in nutritional upgrading of host resources by the bacterium. Thus, the strongly reduced genome of the endosymbiont retains genes for all subunits of a functional urease, as well as those for biosynthetic pathways for all but one (arginine) of the amino acids essential to the host.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 4 2%
Germany 2 <1%
Czechia 2 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Puerto Rico 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
New Zealand 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 200 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 61 29%
Researcher 36 17%
Student > Master 29 14%
Student > Bachelor 25 12%
Professor 13 6%
Other 28 13%
Unknown 22 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 149 70%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 19 9%
Environmental Science 7 3%
Immunology and Microbiology 4 2%
Chemistry 2 <1%
Other 5 2%
Unknown 28 13%

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