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Militz, H., Schaffert, S., Peters, B. C. and Fitzgerald, C. J. (2011) Termite resistance of DMDHEU-treated wood. Wood Science and Technology, 45 (3). pp. 547-557.


Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00226-010-0345-3

Publisher URL: http://www.springer.com


Four field trials were conducted with wood modified with dimethyloldihydroxy-ethyleneurea (DMDHEU) in contact with subterranean termites. Trials 1 to 3 were conducted with Coptotermes acinaciformis (Froggatt); 1 and 2 in south-east Queensland, and 3 in northern Queensland, Australia. Trial 4 was conducted in northern Queensland with Mastotermes darwiniensis (Froggatt). Four timber species (Scots pine, beech, Slash pine and Spotted gum) and two levels (1.3 M and 2.3 M) of DMDHEU were used. The tests were validated. DMDHEU successfully prevented damage by C. acinaciformis in south-east Queensland, but not in northern Queensland. It also did not protect the wood against M. darwiniensis. Except for beech in trial 4, DMDHEU led to reduced mass losses caused by termite attack compared to the unmodified feeder stakes. Slash pine (in trials 1 and 3) and Spotted gum (in trial 1) presented low mass losses. Modification of Scots pine was more effective against termite damage than the modification of beech.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:© The Author(s) 2010. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com. Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial License which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited.
Keywords:Isopter; timber; subterranean termites; treatment levels; trials.
Subjects:Forestry > Sylviculture
Science > Zoology > Invertebrates > Insects
Live Archive:24 Nov 2011 07:02
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:43

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