Effects of drying processes on termite feeding behaviour against Japanese larch wood
S Doi, Y Kurimoto, H Takiuchi, M Aoyama
We investigated the effects of current drying schedules for larch lumbers on the termite feedings. Thermal analyses were also conducted to investigate degradation of wood components. Choice feeding tests showed specimens dried under high-temperature schedules were evidently susceptible against termite attacks. These schedules produced the feeding-attractants, which were suggested by the TGA results compared to the control samples. The results of this study indicated that the acceleration of termite feeding is taken place even under comparatively lower temperature than that of our previous researches.
Keywords: HIGH TEMPERATURE-DRYING; JAPANESE LARCH WOOD; TERMITE; FEEDING BEHAVIOUR