A Virtual Tour of the Bruns Lab Continues...

The Ant Colony

Attine (leaf cutting) ants (Atta cephalotes) sever leaves from trees and return to their nest. Within minutes, leaves are cut up into smaller and smaller sizes by smaller and smaller ants and are chewed up and implanted into the living masses of fungus that line the nest chambers. The smallest members of the colony are in charge of caring for the fungus plantation, weeding out foreign spores and periodically harvesting edible strands of hyphae to feed the colony.

To find out more about these ants (Atta cephalotes), you may wish to read the article entitled"A Farming Ant and Its Fungus Are Ancient Cohabitants" by Natalie Angier, which appeared in the New York Times, Science Times section, on Tuesday, December 13, 1994, the article by Ignacio Chapela on the "Evolutionary History of the Symbiosis Between Fungus-Growing Ants and Their Fungi" or the article by Gregory Hinkle on the Phylogeny of the Attine Ant Fungi Based on Analysis of Small Subunit Ribosomal RNA Gene Sequences", both of which appeared in the December 9, 1994 issue of Science.
The tour continues: take a stroll through Point Reyes and visit one of our study sites before the devistating Mount Vision fire.
the beginning sample results point reyes fire introduction
limantour road disturbance plots bp plots species diversity plots
construction post fire - sd plots post fire - bp plots sierra nevada 1995
sierra july 1998 sierra august 1999 sierra fowm 2000 santa rosa island 2001
blodgett 2002 tomales point 2004 blodgett 2004 mclaughlin 2006
mushrooms mycorrhizae part I mycorrhizae part II rust fungi
post fire fungi Bruns Lab home

Last updated: Monday October 23 1995