leaf-cutter leaf-cutter

Definition(s):

  • (n) bee that cuts rounded pieces from leaves and flowers to line its nest

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  • For instance, the piquia tree produces a compound that appears to be toxic to leaf-cutter ants, which cause millions of dollars of damage each year to South American agriculture.

News

  1. Leaf-Cutter Ants Lend A Hand In Biofuel Research

    Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online As gardeners around the United States tend to their flowers or herbs, leaf-cutter ants are actively cultivating gardens of fungus and bacteria as a source of food and shelter. According to a new study in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology , a team of American researchers has found that the active enzymes in these ants’ gardens ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: redOrbit

  2. Researchers Unearth Bioenergy Potential in Leaf-Cutter Ant Communities

    As spring warms up Wisconsin, humans aren't the only ones tending their gardens. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Bacteriology, colonies of leaf-cutter ants cultivate thriving communities of fungi and bacteria using freshly cut plant material.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Newswise

  3. Bioenergy potential unearthed in leaf-cutter ant communities

    As spring warms up Wisconsin, humans aren't the only ones tending their gardens. Colonies of leaf-cutter ants cultivate thriving communities of fungi and bacteria using freshly cut plant material.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Science Daily

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