Gut-associated microbiota of ants include Rhizobiales bacteria with affiliation to the genus Bartonella. These bacteria may enable the ants to fix atmospheric nitrogen, but no genomes have been sequenced yet to test the hypothesis. Sequence reads from a member of the Rhizobiales were identified in the data collected in a genome project of the ant Harpegnathos saltator.
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Neuvonen, M., Tamarit, D., Näslund, K., Liebig, J., Feldhaar, H., Moran, N. A., . . . Andersson, S. G. (2016). The genome of Rhizobiales bacteria in predatory ants reveals urease gene functions but no genes for nitrogen fixation. Scientific Reports, 6(1). doi:10.1038/srep39197