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Eco-friendly biopesticide protects wood from termites by affecting their hindgut symbionts
Snapshot: Chitosan kills termites by targeting their hindgut protists rather than the termite itself.
Phase-contrast light microscopy of some protists found in the subterranean termite, Reticulitermes virginicus. A) Pyrsonympha minor, B) Spirotrichonympha flagellata, C) Trichonympha burlesquei, D) Holomastigotes elongatum, E) Trichonympha agilis, F) Monocercomonas species. Scale bars are indicated for A and F, while B-E use the same scale bar as in A.