Nitrogen sources for neotropical nasute termites: Fixation and selective foraging

@article{Prestwich2004NitrogenSF,
  title={Nitrogen sources for neotropical nasute termites: Fixation and selective foraging},
  author={Glenn D. Prestwich and Barbara L. Bentley and Edward J. Carpenter},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={46},
  pages={397-401}
}
SummaryStudies with Nasutitermes and Rhynchotermes (Isoptera, Nasutitermitinae) in a Costa Rican rainforest suggest that nitrogen fixation by gut symbionts may play a significant role in termite nutrition. Leaf-litter feeders ingest more and fix less nitrogen than do wood-litter feeders; both species feed preferentially on N-rich foods in their foraging repertoire. Unusually high N2 fixation (acetylene reduction) rates were found in Nasutitermes soldiers, thereby reducing their nutritional… Expand
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