Termites and Soils

  title={Termites and Soils},
  author={Suzanne W. T. Batra and Lekh R. Batra and Kathy E. Lee and T. G. Wood},
The Effect of Termite Activity on Soil Profile in a Laboratory Test Tank
Termite soil interaction is a multidimensional process, the interphase between the surface and subsurface being the most prominent location that termitaria and other termite structures usuallyExpand
The Role of the Harvester Termite, Trinervitermes trinervoides (Termitidae: Nasutitermitinae) in Semi-Arid Grassland Ecosystems of South Africa: Abundance, Biomass and Grass Consumption
The impact of T. trinervoides within well-managed grassland ecosystems where the litter-feeding species forman important link in the food chain, is chiefly beneficial and far outweighs its harmful effects which tend to be associated with degraded, overgrazed grassland and drought. Expand
Spatial patterns and morphology of termite (Macrotermes falciger) mounds in the Upper Katanga, D.R. Congo
Abstract This study examines the spatial distribution patterns and morphological characteristics of Macrotermes falciger mounds in the peri-urban zone of Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo. Spatial patterns ofExpand
Termite Foraging and Preference to Soil Type and Moisture Content in Laboratory Bioassays
Subterranean termites, Coptotermes acinaciformis, were tested for their preference to different soil types in a laboratory condition at different soil moisture levels. The soil types provided wereExpand
Ecological benefits of termite soil interaction and microbial symbiosis in the soil ecosystem in two climatic regions of Australia
Mechanisms of soil and water transport by individual and colonies oftermites, their preferences and reactions to specific factors, and their effect on selected key soil physical and chemical properties as well as microbial activities are reviewed. Expand
Role of Arthropods in Maintaining Soil Fertility
The feces of arthropods are the basis for the formation of soil aggregates and humus, which physically stabilize the soil and increase its capacity to store nutrients. Expand
Appraisal of the Economic Activities of Termites: A Review
The objective of this paper is to appraise the economic activities of termites, finding that in most countries, where termites exist in abundance they are edible. Expand
Biogeography , ecological function and the evolution of termite ( Blattodea : Termitoidae ) functional morphology
Termites are some of the most important invertebrate decomposer organisms and are found globally, largely in tropical habitats. Their impact on local ecosystems has been extensively studied (Lee andExpand
Role of Soil Macrofauna in Phosphorus Cycling
Soil macrofauna (invertebrates larger than 2mm) live all or part of their life below ground. The activities of soil macroinvertebrates regulate soil organic matter transformations and nutrientExpand
Mound building termites contribute to savanna vegetation heterogeneity
It is indicated that graminoid herb richness peaks at lower productivity levels than trees and forbs in savanna ecosystems, as also recently found in temperate areas. Expand