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Behavioral response of the Formosan subterranean termite to borate-treated wood.

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dc.contributor.author Campora, Cory E.
dc.contributor.author Grace, J Kenneth
dc.date.accessioned 2008-04-25
dc.date.available 2008-04-25
dc.date.issued 2007-12
dc.identifier.citation Campora CE, Grace JK. 2007. Behavioral response of the Formosan subterranean termite to borate-treated wood. Proc Hawaiian Entomol Soc 39:127-137.
dc.identifier.issn 0073-134X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/1321
dc.description.abstract Foragers of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, were allowed to tunnel in two dimensional, sand filled arenas containing Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii [Mirb.] Franco) wafers pressure treated with disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (DOT) to an average retention of 1.77% BAE on one side of each arena, and untreated wafers of Douglas-fir on the other side. Arenas were established both in the laboratory and in the field. Initial tunnel formation was unaffected by the presence of borate-treated wood. Avoidance of borate-treated wood developed after ca. 3–5 days. Termites did not avoid borate-treated wood as a result of necrophobic behavior. Termite responses when the locations of the treated and untreated wafers were switched within the arenas indicated that the delayed avoidance was related to the location of the treated wood rather than to recognition of the chemical treatment.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher Hawaiian Entomological Society
dc.subject Coptotermes formosanus
dc.subject disodium octaborate tetrahydrate
dc.subject feeding behavior
dc.subject foraging
dc.subject preservative treated wood
dc.title Behavioral response of the Formosan subterranean termite to borate-treated wood.
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: Volume 39 - December 2007 : Hawaiian Entomological Society


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