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Termites' Attraction To Small Amounts Of Carbon Dioxide Lures Pests To Their Deaths

...very may lead to asafer and cheaper way to prevent termites from infesting homes, where they causean estimated...oxide." Bjostad and his colleagues believe termites are naturally attracted tocarbon dioxide for two reasons. Rotting wood--the termites' main source of...

Divorce, Insect Style: Termites Swap Mates

...ates for a five-year life ofraising a family, some termites suddenly have second thoughts: They use theirbrief...and making their ultimate mate choice, newlypaired termites are building their future home. They erect concrete-like wallsfrom their own fecal matter to keep i...

Biologist Experiments With His Own Front Yard

...atural" landscape in Arizona, he explains, and the termites they attract are truly fascinating social animals. Beyond the possibilities for science, Alcock also has deeper reasons for making his yard the way itis. "The idea that urban environments are loaded with potential for biological research ...

Do Termites Use

...termite nest is a closed system which protects the termites in a microclimatethat is controlled and different ...ebeing made by any animal or microorganism. Since termites use soil, masticatedwood, and excrement to make their nests, one possible source is in the processed...

Patented Bait System May Hold Answer To Combating Formosan Termites

...ltural Center developed the bait system that lures termites into a feedingchamber and then entices them into a...ear the mud-walled shelter tubes that the targeted termites build and use fortravel between their colony and food sources. "Putting the apparatus near ...

LSU Agricultural Center Researchers Develop Termite Detection System

...een done." Researchers recently discovered termites produce naphthalene - ahydrocarbon they apparently... A homeowner's inability to detect the presence of termites before theiractivities become noticeable is a major obstacle in early termite control. "It's...

UI Researcher's Study On Termite Bacteria May Aid In Greenhouse Gas Understanding

..., Iowa -- Most people would rather see wood-eating termites completelyexterminated. However, these insects' di... builtupon earlier studies that found wood-feeding termites digest their fiber-richfood in a highly productive manner and, consequently, emit less methane into ...

Formosan termite may be top concern of entomologists of the new millenium, according to report

... the historic French Quarter of New Orleans. These termites destroy creosote-treated utility poles and wharves... it had ever been seen here. While most species of termites native to America feast largely on wood used in buildings or on dead timber, Formosan termites make ...

Chlordane found in foods decades after pesticide use

...rotection Agency banned chlordane, used to control termites and other insects, in 1988. But because it was so widely used, nearly all farms -- including organic farms -- are affected. It is impossible to tell whether produce is contaminated just by looking at it. The report is the first study of plant absorpt...

American Chemical Society April 1-5 meeting highlights vaccine research, functional foods, and insect control

... and new preservatives that battle insects such as termites will be presented at the 221st national meeting of... and protect it from threats by insects, including termites and shipworms. An environmentally-friendly process for treating fabrics, especially those used in ...

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...royed by wood boring organisms, such as shipworms, termites and fungi. From historic buildings in New Orleans' French Quarter to wooden piers and boats in the harbors of New York City and Maine. These organisms have waged a relentless attack resulting in millions of dollars in damages and structural impairmen...

Chemistry in the Amazon: Tropical birds, Amazonian tribespeople derive medicinal benefits from insects, plants

...also highlight the chemistry of a mixture of ants, termites and chili peppers that tribespeople use as a "spicy Viagra." WHO: Eloy Rodriguez, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. WHAT: Eminent Scientist Lecture Organic Chemical Cascades: How Amazon Birds Get Their ...

Wood preservation: stopping termite destruction and making safer wood preservatives

...yed by wood-eating organisms, including shipworms, termites and fungi. From historic buildings in New Orleans'...e destructive shipworm - Shipworms, also known as termites of the sea, are destroying wooden structures in harbors throughout the world. Efforts to curb the ap...

Research on bioengineered crops, global warming and a new flu vaccine will be featured at gathering of world's largest scientific society in San Diego

...o control wood-eating organisms such as shipworms, termites and fungi, which cause millions of dollars in structural damage to homes, piers and boats throughout the United States. A special two-day symposium includes a discussion of wood preservatives that are environmentally friendly. (CELL 86-91, 98-103, 11...

MSU study finds new microbial source of nitrogen fixation

...any years that nitrogen fixation took place within termites and could provide up to 60 percent of the nitrogen...l. Despite their reputation as destructive pests, termites occupy an important ecological niche as decomposers of dead plant material such as wood, releasing t...

Microbiologists find a new source of nitrogen fixation

...bout 30 years that nitrogen fixation occurs within termites and could furnish up to 60 percent of the insects'...under yet unknown conditions. Most people think of termites in terms of their destructivepotential, but less than five percent of all species cause significant ...

UF research: methyl bromide more effective, economical for killing anthrax

...only used for fumigating buildings against drywood termites was not effective against bacterial spores such as anthrax, they considered alternative fumigants. "Methyl bromide gas was chosen for laboratory experiments because of its chemical properties, long track record in the pest control industry and its wi...

Discovery Channel special watches OSU chimps learn to read

... the wild, chimpanzees use sticks to fish for termites that are out of reach, deep in dirt mounds. They also use wads of leaves to soak up water to drink. The sponge serves the OSU chimps as a surrogate for the leaves. Boyse...

Spinal cord injury and Alzheimers risk among topics at American Chemical Society meeting

...A new approach toward fighting highly destructive termites News releases and advisories will be posted on t... Bug vs. bug: Microorganisms target destructive termites Government scientists are using microorganisms (bacteria and fungi) to fight the Formosan subterra...

Bug vs. bug: scientists use microorganisms to target destructive termites

...entific society. The method involves exposing the termites to their natural enemies, certain species of bacte...arketplace that were once effective in keeping the termites at bay. In an effort to find an alternative, Wright and her associates turned to microorganisms, wh...

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