Genome data from the leaf-cutting ant (Acromyrmex echinatior).
Dataset type: Genomic
Data released on November 12, 2011
Here is presented high-quality (>100x depth) Illumina genome sequence of the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior, a model species for symbiosis and reproductive conflict studies. They make a particularly good model as after humans, leaf-cutting ants form the largest and most complex animal societies on Earth. Part of the subfamily Myrmicinae, this particular species is found in the wild from Mexico to Panama and subsists mostly on a particular fungus of the genus Leucocoprinus, which it cultivates on a medium of masticated leaf tissue. With an estimated total size of 313 Mb, the genome is 28% made up of repeat sequences and has a GC content of 34%.
Read the peer-reviewed publication(s):
Nygaard, S., Zhang, G., Schiøtt, M., Li, C., Wurm, Y., Hu, H., … Boomsma, J. J. (2011). The genome of the leaf-cutting antAcromyrmex echinatiorsuggests key adaptations to advanced social life and fungus farming. Genome Research, 21(8), 1339–1348. doi:10.1101/gr.121392.111
Accessions (data not in GigaDB):
|Sample ID||Taxonomic ID||Common Name||Genbank Name||Scientific Name||Sample Attributes|
|ERS032727||103372||Leafcutter ant||Panamanian leafcutter ant||Acromyrmex echinatior|| Description:Genome DNA sample for 500bp and 800bp ...|
Geographic location (country and/or sea,region):Pa...
... Description:Genome DNA sample for 500bp and 800bp insert size library
Geographic location (country and/or sea,region):Panama, Gamboa