Emory University, Joint Genome Institute, and University of Wisconsin scientists plan to sequence 17 genomes — a variety of ants, bacteria, and fungi — with the goal of discovering new ways of making biofuels. In the rainforest there is a symbiotic relationship among ants, bacteria, and fungi. Leaf cutter ants bring pieces of leaves back to their nests, where fungi break the leaves down.

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