Survival and Feeding Responses of Anacanthotermes ochraceus (Hodotermitidae: Isoptera) to Local and Imported Wood

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Forty-six local and imported wood were tested for resistance to feeding damage by the termite Anacanthotermes ochraceus (Burmeister), the most dominant species in the United Arab Emirates and the Arab Gulf region. Wood was used for construction, wall paneling, and furniture. Wood was evaluated in a 4-wk forced feeding bioassay. Each wood block was graded by the amount of termite damage by using a damage rating index (DRI) of 0 to 5 and wood rating index from very resistant to very susceptible wood. Local wood was mostly susceptible to feeding of termites; imported wood varied in resistance to feeding damage. Wood was placed in groups according to the percentages of weight loss (WL), termite survival (TS), and DRI. Wood was classified as very resistant (%WL from 0.0 to 0.3, %TS from 0.01 to 0.5, and DRI of 0.01), resistant (%WL from 1.1 to 4.9, %TS from 0.8 to 4.8, and DRI of 1.0), moderately resistant (%WL from 6.6 to 9.3, %TS from 6.3 to 8.3, and DRI of 2.0–2.3), slightly resistant (%WL from 10.1 to 19.9, %TS from 9.5 to 28.0, and DRI of 2.5–3.5), susceptible (%WL from 21.5 to 48.6, %TS from 37.3 to 64.8, and DRI of 4.0–4.3) and very susceptible (%WL from 50.0 to 59.8, %TS from 72.8 to 79.0, and DRI of 4.5–5.0). The characterization of the extracts of resistant wood may prove of economic value and lead to the development of new chemicals (repellents or antifeedants) for termite control.

Keywords: Anacanthotermes ochraceus; damage assessment; resistance; wood

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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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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