Formosan subterranean termite and Taiwanese: A hundred-year journey of seeking the truth and solution

Tuesday, April 5, 2016: 3:30 PM
Papio (Pacific Beach Hotel)
Hou-Feng Li , Department of Entomology, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan
Nan-Yao Su , Ft. Lauderdale Research & Education Center, University of Florida, Davie, FL
Formosan subterranean termite (FST), Coptotermes formosanus, was first described in Taiwan by Tokuichi Shiraki in 1909. Over one hundred years, many researchers studied biology and control of FST, but most of these works were not conducted in its native range. Studying FST in its native range reveals long-term interaction between FST and other organisms including tree, other termite species, termitophile, ant, and human. In this presentation, we review and update what we know of the ecology and pest status of FST in Taiwan and the historical background of the entomologists did these works.