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Metabolism of commensal fungi

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Does anyone have anything on the metabolic path employed by tge commensal fungi in the process of pre-digesting the cellulose in the leaf pulp?

Do sugars or starches appear as metabolic products at some stage in the process?

If so, which enzymes of the ant and fungus are critical to the production of the lighter carbohydrates?

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