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Improved termite resistance of wood by wax impregnation.

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Scholz, G., Militz, H., Gascon-Garrido, P., Ibiza-Palacios, M.S., Oliver-Villanueva, J.V., Peters, B. C. and Fitzgerald, C. J. (2010) Improved termite resistance of wood by wax impregnation. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation, 64 (8). pp. 688-693.

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Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.ibiod.2010.05.012

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We investigated the effect of wax-treated and biocide-free wood specimens against three different termite species. A laboratory no-choice test with Reticulitermes banyulensis Clément was carried out in Valencia (Spain) under Mediterranean conditions for eight weeks. Scots pine sapwood (Pinus sylvestris L.) fully impregnated with distinct waxes was used. Two field trials were conducted with Coptotermes acinaciformis (Froggatt) and Mastotermes darwiniensis Froggatt in northern Queensland (Australia) with wax-impregnated beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) for 16 weeks. All three subterranean termites are of major economic importance in their respective regions. The results indicated that feeding pressure by the termites was sufficient within all trials for a valid test. Wax-impregnated Scots pine sapwood was classified as durable. No termites survived the test. The results showed an aging process under submersion conditions, which lead to a classification of moderately durable. The paraffin treatment showed good termite resistance under both test procedures, and was classified as durable. The Australian field trials showed a decreased mass loss of wax-treated beech, in which an amide wax showed excellent termite resistance. The results indicate a clear dependence of the termite resistance on the type and ratio of wax used and the feeding preferences of the specific termite species.

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Keywords:Durability; subterranean termites; Reticulitermes banyulensis; Coptotermes acinaciformis; Mastotermes darwiniensis; termite resistance; wax; wood impregnation.
Subjects:Plant pests and diseases > Pest control and treatment of diseases. Plant protection
Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
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