fungal evolution to mutualistic life with ants


Donation $15-35
(Free for Fungal Ecology)
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Join us as we uncover the captivating world of fungus-farming ants and their extraordinary fungal partners. In this immersive session, we will delve deep into the captivating story of these remarkable creatures, exploring the origin of their fungal symbionts, the pivotal role of the fungi within their mutualistic relationship, and the intriguing aspect of asexuality that ensures the stability of this fascinating partnership.

  • Unveil the critical role played by the fungus within the ant colony.
  • Witness the meticulous cultivation techniques employed by these industrious ants, as they create the perfect environment for their fungal gardens to flourish.
  • Gain insights into the intricate behaviors, substrate selection, and environmental regulation that ensure optimal growth conditions for the fungi, providing a vital source of sustenance for the entire ant colony.
  •  Marvel at the efficiency of clonal fragmentation, the process by which these organisms rapidly expand their fungal gardens and secure a reliable food supply, all while bypassing the risks associated with sexual reproduction.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating realm of fungus-farming ants and their fungal partners. Join us for this enlightening online talk where we unravel the extraordinary story of their mutualistic symbiosis, exploring its origins, the pivotal role of the fungus, and the intriguing aspect of asexuality that ensures its stability.

You will leave this masterclass enthralled, amazed, and inspired by the wonders of nature’s intricate web of relationships.

Meet Your Teacher

Dr Pepijn is an expert on the fungus of fungus-growing ants! 

After completing his doctorate in Denmark, Dr Pepijn spent five years as a Research Fellow at RBG Kew in England.

Now, as a researcher at São Paulo State University in Brazil, he’s continuing to study the mutualistic relationship between fungus-growing ants and their fungi.

Dr. Pepijn Kooij PhD

Scientist, Evolutionary Ecologist, Expert on Fungus Farming Ants

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