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Field assessment of the resistance of timber products to termite (Isoptera) damage: Results can change with the amount of bait wood

Peters, B.C. and Lenz, M. and Creffield, J.W. (2008) Field assessment of the resistance of timber products to termite (Isoptera) damage: Results can change with the amount of bait wood. Sociobiology, 51 (2). pp. 425-435.

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Abstract

Whether or not termites initiate damage to timber via the end grain may determine the need for spot-treating the exposed untreated cut ends of envelope-treated softwood framing material. Australian Coptotermes acinaciformis (Froggatt) were field-tested for their ability to initiate feeding via the end grain of timber (35 × 90 mm) treated with a repellent Tanalith® T envelope. Specimens of commercial radiata pine Pinus radiata D.Don framing timber (untreated) and slash pine Pinus elliottii Englem. (untreated and envelope-treated) were partially clad in fine stainless steel mesh. Clad and unclad specimens were exposed to C. acinaciformis near Townsville, North Queensland, Australia, for four months. Results showed that this species of termite can indeed damage timber via the end grain, including exposed untreated cut ends of envelope-treated material as demonstrated earlier for different populations of C. acinaciformis. Differences between the test conditions in field trials carried out at different times (where C. acinaciformis either did or did not damage timber via the end grain) are discussed. Clearly, outcomes from field studies with preservative-treated materials are dependent upon experimental conditions. Notably, the amount of bait wood (highly termite-susceptible timber substrate) offered in a given method can strongly influence the termite response. Further investigation is required to standardise this aspect of conditions in protocols for the assessment of wood preservatives.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:© Department of Biological Sciences of California State University. USA.
Keywords:Australia; Coptotermes; envelope treatment; preservation; softwood susceptibility; subterranean termite; test methods.
Subjects:Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Plant pests and diseases
Forestry
Deposited On:13 Jan 2009 06:01
Last Modified:04 Apr 2011 04:54

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