Mildew fungi found in termites (Reticulitermes lucifugus) and their nests

  • A. Wójcik | aleksa.wo@gmail.com Department of Wood Science and Wood Preservation, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.
  • B. Andres Department of Wood Science and Wood Preservation, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland.

Abstract

This paper presents the results of observation of mould growth in laboratory colonies of termites. It also attempts to determine the species of mould fungi present in the research laboratory and the main colonies and their entomopathogenic for the termites. The following four species were found in test termite colonies: Trichoderme viride, Mucor himeralis, Rhizopus nigricans, Aspergillus sp., Aspergillus flavus, Alternaria sp., Penicylium verucosum and Fusarium sp. were recognisable in test colonies with domestic and exotic wood. Morphological observations of the fungi were carried out using a microscope with a 40x magnification. The growth of mould fungi in test containers caused death of whole termite colonies.

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Published
2015-04-23
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Warsaw University of Life Science
Keywords:
Termites, entomopathogens, fungi, microtoxins.
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Wójcik, A., & Andres, B. (2015). Mildew fungi found in termites (Reticulitermes lucifugus) and their nests. Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research, 47(1), 16-19. https://doi.org/10.4081/jear.2015.2184