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Title: Response of subterranean termites (Isoptera:Rhinotermitidae) to stressed nestmates

Source: J. Entomol. Sci. 46(4):284-291

Author(s)Shelton, T.G.; Grace, J.K.; Woodrow, R.J.; Oshiro, R.J.

Publication Year: 2011  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles

Abstract: Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar), R. virginicus Banks, and Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki were stressed by holding them at 25°C or 28°C, respectively, in metal pans for 5 d prior to introduction into 1 side of 3-jar arenas (3 containers connected serially) containing freshlycollected nestmates. After 14 d, mass loss of wooden blocks was determined for blocks from the arena side to which stressed termites were added (treated) as well as those from the opposite side (control). Feeding effects of termite exposure to stress were inconsistent among species. For R. flavipes, there was no significant difference in feeding; whereas loss of block mass on the treated side in R. virglnlcus arenas was significantly greater (P= 0.0017) than that on the control side of the arenas. For C. formosanus, mass loss of wafers also was significantly greater (P = 0.0284) on the treated side of the arenas, similar to the response 01 R. virginicus.

Keywords: disturbance, stress, feeding, termite, Reticulitermes, Coptotermes

Publication Review Process: Formally Refereed

File size: 938 kb(s)

Date posted: 01/11/2012

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RITS Product ID: 41239
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Shelton, Thomas Guy
Research Entomologist
  

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