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Resistance of Six Wood Products Used in Paneling to Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)

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Six wood products used in wall paneling were tested for resistance to feeding damage by the eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes fiavipes (Kollar). Alaska-cedar, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D. Don) Spach, fiber without wax and resin treatments normally used in paneling production was not a preferred food source in choice tests where all 6 wood products plus pine, Pinus palustris Mill., were simultaneously provided. However, the same nontreated Alaska-cedar fiber sustained severe damage when provided as the only food source in no-choice tests. Nontreated fiber of western hemlock, Tsuga heterophylla (Raf.) Sarg., and hardboard and hardboard paneling made from a mixture of western hemlock and Douglas-fir. Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco, sustained significant feeding damage in both choice and no-choice feeding tests. Pressed paneling mats made from Alaska-cedar or western hemlock exhibited antifeedant properties. Waxes, resins, and additives used in manufacturing these mats imparted resistance to R. fiavipes.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1997

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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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