Solar-powered ventilation of African termite mounds

@article{Ocko2017SolarpoweredVO,
  title={Solar-powered ventilation of African termite mounds},
  author={Samuel A. Ocko and Hunter King and David Andr{\'e}en and Paul M. Bardunias and J. Scott Turner and Rupert Soar and Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  year={2017},
  volume={220},
  pages={3260 - 3269}
}
ABSTRACT How termite mounds function to facilitate climate control is still only partially understood. Recent experimental evidence in the mounds of a single species, the south Asian termite Odontotermes obesus, suggests that the daily oscillations of radiant heating associated with diurnal insolation patterns drive convective flow within them. How general this mechanism is remains unknown. To probe this, we consider the mounds of the African termite Macrotermes michaelseni, which thrives in a… Expand
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