On the Influence of Wood Destroying Fungi on the Feeding Intensity of Termites

IRG/WP 17-10893

W Unger, T L Woods

The baiting and feeding stimulating effect of wood attacked by fungal isolates of the species Coniophora, Lentinus, Poria and Gloeophyllum on termites Reticulitermes santonensis is examined. There are significant relationships between the activity of fungal isolates and the feeding behaviour of termites. The most active isolates can be used for increase the attractiveness of wood to wood-destroying termites.

Keywords: wood destroying fungi, brown rot fungi, termites, fungal growth, insect development

Conference: 17-06-04/08 Ghent, Belgium

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