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Research Article

Social Transfer of Pathogenic Fungus Promotes Active Immunisation in Ant Colonies

  • Matthias Konrad,

    Affiliation: Evolutionary Biology, IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Klosterneuburg, Austria

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  • Meghan L. Vyleta,

    Affiliation: Evolutionary Biology, IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Klosterneuburg, Austria

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  • Fabian J. Theis,

    Affiliation: Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, Neuherberg, Germany

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  • Miriam Stock,

    Affiliation: Evolutionary Biology, IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Klosterneuburg, Austria

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  • Simon Tragust,

    Affiliations: Evolutionary Biology, IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Klosterneuburg, Austria, Evolution, Behaviour & Genetics, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

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  • Martina Klatt,

    Affiliations: Evolutionary Biology, IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Klosterneuburg, Austria, Evolution, Behaviour & Genetics, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

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  • Verena Drescher,

    Affiliation: Evolution, Behaviour & Genetics, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

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  • Carsten Marr,

    Affiliation: Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, Neuherberg, Germany

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  • Line V. Ugelvig,

    Affiliation: Evolutionary Biology, IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Klosterneuburg, Austria

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  • Sylvia Cremer mail

    sylvia.cremer@ist.ac.at

    Affiliation: Evolutionary Biology, IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Klosterneuburg, Austria

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  • Published: April 03, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001300

About the Authors

Matthias Konrad, Meghan L. Vyleta, Miriam Stock, Simon Tragust, Martina Klatt, Line V. Ugelvig, Sylvia Cremer
Evolutionary Biology, IST Austria (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Klosterneuburg, Austria
Fabian J. Theis, Carsten Marr
Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, Neuherberg, Germany
Simon Tragust, Martina Klatt, Verena Drescher
Evolution, Behaviour & Genetics, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

Corresponding Author

Email: sylvia.cremer@ist.ac.at

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

The author(s) have made the following declarations about their contributions: Conceived and designed the experiments: MKonrad MVyleta FTheis LUgelvig SCremer. Performed the experiments: MKonrad MVyleta FTheis MStock STragust MKlatt VDrescher LUgelvig SCremer. Analyzed the data: MKonrad MVyleta MKlatt CMarr LUgelvig SCremer. Wrote the paper: MKonrad MVyleta FTheis LUgelvig SCremer.