Protocol for Testing Effects of Microbial Pest Control Agents on Nontarget Subterranean Termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 87, Number 2, April 1994 , pp. 269-274(6)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) are ubiquitous in both wooded and desert regions of North America. They are important contributors to nutrient cycling, energy flow, and ecosystem productivity. As the use of microbiological pesticides or microbial pest control agents (MPCAs) increases in the United States, termites might suffer unintended exposure to these pathogenic agents. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act requires that information on the susceptibility of nontarget species be developed as a condition of registration of MPCAs, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the process of drafting protocols to assess such effects. An interim protocol (drafted on behalf of EPA) to assess the lethal effects of MPCAs on nontarget subterranean termite species is described in this paper.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1994

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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