Monday, December 11, 2006 - 8:47 AM

When the invaders meet the native termites

Lavanya Polana,, Xing Ping Hu,, and Dunlun Song, Auburn university, Entomology and plant pathology, 301 funchess hall ; Rm: 363, Auburn, AL

A model was developed to study behavioral interactions between the exotic Formosan subterranean termites, Coptotermes formosanus, and the native eastern subterranean termites, Reticulitermes flavipes. The model enables researchers to observe the behavioral interactions when the exotic meets the native in the most simulated natural habitat. Worker and soldier caste with natural ratios were used for the interspecific interactions.The results indicate that C.formosan is more aggressive then R.Flavipes.

Species 1: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Reticulitermes flavipes (termite, eastern subterranean termite)
Species 2: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Coptotermes formosanus (Formosan subterranean termite)