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Termites get the vibe on what tastes good
Researchers from CSIRO and UNSW@ADFA have shown that termites can tell what sort of material their food is made of, without having to actually touch it. The findings may lead to improvements in the control of feeding termites. (2007-03-19)

Ants and termites boost dryland wheat yields
Ants and termites have a significant positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture, according to a paper published today in the journal 'Nature Communications' by scientists at CSIRO and the University of Sydney. (2011-03-31)

Revealed: Termites mitigate effects of drought in tropical rainforests
A major new study by the University of Liverpool and the Natural History Museum has discovered that termites mitigate against the effects of drought in tropical rain forests. Researchers from both institutions undertook the first large-scale study to test the hypothesis that termites play a crucial role in maintaining ecosystem processes in rainforests during periods of drought. (2019-01-10)

Do Termites Use
Just as humans may use naphthalene (1998-05-01)

Termites feed through good vibrations
CSIRO entomologist Theo Evans says laboratory experiments have found that termites use their ability to detect vibrations to determine which food source is most suitable. The termites can also detect how the vibrations are made. This ability could be likened to a form of sonar. (2005-02-23)

Ants stomp, termites tiptoe: Predator detection by a cryptic prey
Secretive and destructive, termites live in close proximity to predatory ants yet still outsmart them. New Australian research shows why -- termites have evolved the capability to sense vibrations of their enemies in the substrate while moving quickly, quietly and efficiently. (2017-02-21)

Patented Bait System May Hold Answer To Combating Formosan Termites
An historic cotton warehouse on New Orleans' riverfront is the site for a field test of a new patented bait system that holds the promise of controlling dreaded Formosan subterranean termites. Louisiana State University Agricultural Center researchers developed the bait system that lures termites into a feeding chamber and then entices them into a second chamber containing toxin-laced material, which the invaders carry back to their nest to kill the entire colony. (1998-10-29)

Tiny termite house: How termites destroy from the inside out
The National Pest Management Association has revealed a high-definition, behind-the-walls look at the destructive nature of termites through the Tiny Termite House, a first-of-its-kind, groundbreaking research study and video production. (2018-06-13)

Did termites help Katrina destroy New Orleans floodwalls?
A new article in the fall issue of American Entomologist (Vol. 54, No. 3) suggests that Formosan subterranean termites played a large role in the destruction of floodwalls and levees during Hurricane Katrina. (2008-10-14)

UI Researcher's Study On Termite Bacteria May Aid In Greenhouse Gas Understanding
Wood-eating termites' digestive processes, which prove so maddening to homeowners, may provide insight into why some animals produce more greenhouse gasses than others, said a University of Iowa researchers whose work appears in the Jan. 29 issue of Science. (1999-01-29)

Birds do it, bees do it; termites don't, necessarily
Scientists at North Carolina State University and three universities in Japan have shown for the first time that it is possible for certain female termite (2009-03-26)

Homosexual termite regicide
Termites not only raid people's homes, but also the humble abodes of other happy termite couples. Male Japanese termites form homosexual couples when no females are around -- and when the chance arises, they take over a heterosexual couple's nest and kill the male so that one of them can mate with the now spouseless female. The study supports a theory that homosexual couplings in invertebrates have evolutionary advantages. (2016-08-18)

Nematodes with pest-fighting potential identified
Formosan subterranean termites could be in for a real headache. US Department of Agriculture scientists have identified species of roundworms, or (2012-08-22)

How forest termites protect tropical forests from drought
The efforts of tiny forest termites have a big effect on the harmful ecological effects of drought in tropical rainforests, according to a new study, which reveals their important role in maintaining ecosystem function during periods of extended aridity. (2019-01-10)

Catnip stops termites dead in their tracks
Cats may adore catnip, but termites hate it. Lab tests show that oil from the catnip plant can repel and kill termites. Researchers hope that eventually a commercial product derived from the oil might provide a less toxic alternative to pesticides used today. The finding will be presented at the American Chemical Society national meeting in New Orleans on March 25. (2003-03-25)

Nicotinoid and fungal disease team up to break down termites' tough defenses
Purdue University research shows that a small amount of nicotinoid pesticide substantially weakens termites' ability to fight off fungal diseases, a finding that could lead to more effective methods of pest control. (2015-05-20)

War on termites heats up with world's largest test site
In the world's largest experiment of its kind, scientists have set up 80 model homes on termite-infested land in the Australia's Northern Territory to test a range of novel anti-termite solutions. (2003-11-26)

Cells die so defensive organs can live
Researchers demonstrate for the first time that programmed cell death -- a process by which cells deliberately destroy themselves - is involved in mandibular regression in termites. And it appears this regression may be the price to pay for the formation of termites' defensive organs, according Japanese scientists. Their findings have just been published online in Springer's journal Naturwissenschaften -- The Science of Nature. (2011-08-04)

LSU Agricultural Center Researchers Develop Termite Detection System
One day a typical home may include a termite detector in addition to the customary smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. And that day could be soon - once a new termite detection system developed by the LSU Agricultural Center is perfected and on the market. (1998-11-24)

Tiny octopus-like microorganisms named after science fiction monsters: UBC research
University of British Columbia researchers have discovered two new symbionts living in the gut of termites, and taken the unusual step of naming them after fictional monsters created by American horror author HP Lovecraft. The single-cell protists, Cthulhu macrofasciculumque and Cthylla microfasciculumque, help termites digest wood. (2013-04-02)

Termites repelled by catnip oil
Known for its intoxicating effects on felines, catnip oil may also have a future in termite control. Recent experiments by USDA Forest Service researcher, Chris Peterson, show that catnip oil repels and even kills termites in a laboratory setting. Peterson, an entomologist with the Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS), and fellow researcher Janice Ems-Wilson presented the results of the research at the American Chemical Society meeting held this week in New Orleans. (2003-03-25)

Termite queens' efficient antioxidant system may enable long life
Termite queens have an efficient antioxidant system which may underpin their ability to live longer than non-reproductive termites, according to a study published Jan. 11, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Eisuke Tasaki from Tottori and Yamaguchi Universities, Japan, and colleagues. (2017-01-11)

Fungus-farming termites descend from an African rain forest Eve
Fungus-farming termites cultivate fungi as food inside their nests. Such termites can be found in both rain forest and savannah habitats in the Old World tropics, from Africa to Asia. But as researchers report this week, a combination of DNA sequence analysis and computer modelling suggests that termite agriculture originated in the African rain forest, and gave rise to the many fungus-cultivating termite species alive today in various parts of the Old World. (2005-05-09)

Termites' unique gut 'factory' key to global domination
Termites have achieved ecological dominance and now some ingredients for their success have been determined to lie in their unique gut microbiome 'factories' -- which enable the creatures to eat wood and other material relatively free of competition. New research shows the majority of termite gut microorganisms is not found in any other animals and that they are not only inherited from parents but are also shared across colonies and among distantly related termite species. (2018-02-08)

New assay helps track termites and other insects
An Agricultural Research Service-developed method to safely and reliably mark termites and other insects over vast acreage so their movements can be tracked is just as effective as the previous method -- and more affordable. (2010-02-17)

Ants were socializing -- and sparring -- nearly 100 million years ago, Rutgers study finds
Like people, ants have often fought over food and territory. But ants began fighting long before humans: at least 99 million years ago, according to Phillip Barden, a fossil insect expert who works in the Insect and Evolution Lab of Jessica L. Ware, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark. (2016-02-12)

Ants rescue their injured
Ants operate a unique rescue system: when an insect is injured during a fight, it calls for help. Its mates will then carry it back to the nest for recovery. (2017-04-12)

Matabele ants: Travelling faster with detours
Ants do not always take the shortest route when they are in a hurry. Their navigational system occasionally makes them take detours to speed up their journey. (2018-05-18)

Termite queen, king recognition pheromone identified
Forget the bows and curtsies. Worker termites shake in the presence of their queens and kings. New research explains how these workers smell a royal presence. (2018-03-19)

How cathedral termites got to Australia to build their 'sky-scrapers'
They build among the tallest non-human structures (proportionately speaking) in the world and now a pioneering study has found the termites that live in Australia's remote Top End originated from overseas -- rafting vast distances and migrating from tree-tops to the ground, as humans later did. They adapted to significant environmental changes, including increasingly arid conditions and changed from wood- to grass-eaters, with their ground-based fortresses are now a prominent feature of remote areas 'Down Under'. (2017-02-21)

Constructing termite turrets without a blueprint
Following a series of studies on termite mound physiology and morphogenesis over the past decade, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have now developed a mathematical model to help explain how termites construct their intricate mounds. (2021-01-19)

Termite genome lays roadmap for 'greener' control measures
A team of international researchers has sequenced the genome of the Nevada dampwood termite, providing an inside look into the biology of the social insect and uncovering new genetic targets for pest control. (2014-05-20)

The world's oldest farmers
An international team of researchers has discovered the oldest fossil evidence of agriculture, not by humans, but by insects. (2016-06-22)

Evolutionary origin of termite gut microbiome revealed
Researchers have shown that the bacterial communities in termite guts came about through both inheritance and transfer between colonies. (2018-02-16)

New theory may explain mystery of Fairy Circles of Namibia
One of nature's greatest mysteries -- the 'Fairy Circles' of Namibia -- may have been unraveled by researchers at the University of Strathclyde and Princeton University. (2017-01-19)

Soldier or worker - what do the genes say?
Research published in Genome Biology this week has uncovered 25 genes that are expressed at different levels in worker and soldier termites. As one of the first molecular studies on termites, it paves the way for investigations into how termite larvae can develop into workers, soldiers or reproductive adults depending on the colony's needs. (2003-09-25)

Termites' Attraction To Small Amounts Of Carbon Dioxide Lures Pests To Their Deaths
How do you get rid of termites? A Colorado State University scientist has found a natural way--with small amounts of carbon dioxide. Louis Bjostad's studies discovered that the gas attracts termites and is now being used to create safer and cheaper pesticides. (1998-01-15)

The first termite genome fills a gap in social inset genomics
Like ants and honey bee, termites are also eusocial insects. In colonies of termites, only a few individuals have reproductive ability, while other individuals perform non-reproduction tasks like foraging, brood care or defense. (2014-05-20)

Termites mitigate effects of drought in Tropical Rainforest
Termites are commonly regarded as one of the most destructive insect pests, yet its unknown side was recently revealed by a major new study published in the prestigious journal Science -- the collaborative research co-led by Dr Louise Ashton of the University of Hong Kong, with researchers from the University of Liverpool and the Natural History Museum, London, has discovered that termites actually help mitigate against the effects of drought in tropical rain forests. (2019-01-10)

Researchers discover oldest evidence of 'farming' -- by insects
Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil evidence of agriculture -- not by humans, but by insects. (2016-06-23)

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