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The evolutionary history of termites as inferred from 66 mitochondrial genomes.
Termites have colonized many habitats and are among the most abundant animals in tropical ecosystems, which they modify considerably through their actions. The timing of their rise in abundance andExpand
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Chemical warfare in termites.
The rapid development of analytical methods in the last four decades has led to the discovery of a fascinating diversity of defensive chemicals used by termites. The last exhaustive review on termiteExpand
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Digestive α‐amylases of the flour moth Ephestia kuehniella– adaptation to alkaline environment and plant inhibitors
The digestive tract of lepidopteran insects is extremely alkaline. In the present work, molecular adaptation of amylolytic enzymes to this environment was investigated in the flour moth EphestiaExpand
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Oceanic dispersal, vicariance and human introduction shaped the modern distribution of the termites Reticulitermes, Heterotermes and Coptotermes
Reticulitermes, Heterotermes and Coptotermes form a small termite clade with partly overlapping distributions. Although native species occur across all continents, the factors influencing theirExpand
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Mitochondrial Phylogenomics Resolves the Global Spread of Higher Termites, Ecosystem Engineers of the Tropics
The higher termites (Termitidae) are keystone species and ecosystem engineers. They have exceptional biomass and play important roles in decomposition of dead plant matter, in soil manipulation, andExpand
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The frontal gland in workers of Neotropical soldierless termites
The presence of the frontal gland is well established in termite soldiers of Rhinotermitidae, Serritermitidae, and Termitidae. It is one of their main defensive adaptations or even an exclusiveExpand
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Mutual Use of Trail-Following Chemical Cues by a Termite Host and Its Inquiline
Termite nests are often secondarily inhabited by other termite species ( = inquilines) that cohabit with the host. To understand this association, we studied the trail-following behaviour in twoExpand
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Niche differentiation among neotropical soldierless soil-feeding termites revealed by stable isotope ratios
Termites represent one of the most abundant belowground animal taxa in tropical rainforests, where their species richness is much higher than in any other ecosystem. This high diversity in soilExpand
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Structure and function of defensive glands in soldiers of Glossotermes oculatus (Isoptera: Serritermitidae)
The soldier caste represents the most conspicuous realization of termite eusociality, characterized by an extreme anatomical, behavioural, and physiological specialization. Numerous strategies haveExpand
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Ultrastructure of the digestive tract in Acarus siro (Acari: Acaridida)
The gut of the mite Acarus siro is characterized on the ultrastructural level. It consists of the foregut (pharynx, esophagus), midgut (ventriculus, caeca, colon, intercolon, postcolonic diverticula,Expand
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