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Sucrose-Free Sips Suit Acacia Ants

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Science  22 Apr 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5721, pp. 481-482
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5721.481a

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On page 560, ecologists report that a sucrose-degrading enzyme produced by the thorny acacia tree customizes its nectar to appeal to vicious, centimeter-long ants whose nasty bite scares off plant-eating animals and also humans.