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An antibiotic-producing bacteria.

The phenomenon reaches about 210 species of fungus-growing ants, which harbor many different species of a specific group of bacteria. The analysis is released in the journal Science.. Clever ants may hold the secret to antibiotic resistance New research has revealed that ants that tend and harvest gardens of fungus carry on their bodies a magic formula weapon, an antibiotic-producing bacteria, which works against the parasites that invade their crops. The international team of scientists discovered that the ants accommodate the bacterias in specifically adapted cavities on their bodies. It appears the bacterias thrive on glandular secretions and the discovery signifies that the ants, bacterias, fungus and parasites have been very likely evolving together for tens of millions of years and have what the researchers say is a classic symbiotic relationship.