International comparison of three field methods for assessing the in-ground termite resistance of materials - highlights after two years

IRG/WP 99-20157

M Lenz, J W Creffield, A F Preston, B M Kard, C Vongkaluang, Y Sornnuwat

First-year results of a comparative study, evaluating the in-ground termite resistance of a range of materials, including CCA and ACQ-treated timbers, using the below-ground exposure, ground contact and graveyard methods against diverse termite faunas were provided in IRG/WP/98-20132. Further annual inspections have confirmed early trends and identified notable differences between sites and methods. Termites have contacted specimens more frequently at tropical sites, irrespective of the method, and in below-ground exposure trials, irrespective of site. Overall, levels of fungal decay have been low. Fungal decay was more prevalent in specimens using the ground-contact and graveyard methods. Notable levels of termite attack have been recorded for some CCA- and ACQ-treated Pinus radiata specimens at the retention of 2kg/m3, after two years or only one year (Phuket, Thailand). Some specimens of the durable timber bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) have sustained significant levels of termite attack and fungal decay.


Keywords: SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES; ISOPTERA; BELOW-GROUND EXPOSURE METHOD; GROUND CONTACT METHOD; GRAVEYARD METHOD; CCA AND ACQ WOOD PRESERVATIVES; BALD CYPRESS; PLASTIC CABLE SHEATHINGS; NYLON; POLYETHYLENE

Conference: 99-06-06/11 Rosenheim, Germany


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