Experimental manipulation of termites (Isoptera, Macrotermitinae) foraging patterns in a Sahelo-Sudanese savanna: effect of litter quality

@article{Rouland2003ExperimentalMO,
  title={Experimental manipulation of termites (Isoptera, Macrotermitinae) foraging patterns in a Sahelo-Sudanese savanna: effect of litter quality},
  author={Corinne Rouland and Michel Lepage and Jean Luc Chotte and Michel Diouf and Daouda Ndiaye and Salif Ndiaye and C. Seug{\'e} and Alain Brauman},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2003},
  volume={50},
  pages={309-316}
}
The foraging pattern of four sympatric fungus-growing termite species was followed for five months of the dry season in a semi-arid savanna (Senegal). Experimental plots were established with and without termites (exclusion with insecticide) and amended with different litter quality: Acacia leaves, millet canes, ground millet (<500 µm), Combretum wood and cattle manure. Results showed different foraging patterns between the fungus-growing species. Odontotermes nilensis, for example, rapidly… CONTINUE READING

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