Termites fumigate their nests with naphthalene

  title={Termites fumigate their nests with naphthalene},
  author={Josette Chen and Gregg Henderson and Casey C. Grimm and Steven W. Lloyd and Roger A Laine},
Termite nests provide a controlled environment and physical defence for the colonies of insects they house. Another important factor involved in colony defence may be volatile chemicals present in the nest: we have found the hydrocarbon naphthalene in extracts of the nest material produced by Formosan subterranean termites. This is the first time naphthalene has been found naturally associated with any insect species. 

From This Paper

Topics from this paper.


Publications citing this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 31 extracted citations

Microbial Hydrocarbon Formation from Biomass.

Advances in biochemical engineering/biotechnology • 2017

Latent hydrocarbons from cyanobacteria.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America • 2015

Of mothballs and old yellow enzymes.

Molecular microbiology • 2015
View 1 Excerpt

Social Recognition in Invertebrates

Springer International Publishing • 2015

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…