Journal of Economic Entomology (2019) 112, 2311-2315

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Sang-Bin Lee, Aaron Mullins, Daniel Aguilera-Olivares, Thomas Chouvenc and Nan-Yao Su (2019)
Fused colonies of the Formosan subterranean termite (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae) for laboratory experiments
Journal of Economic Entomology 112 (5), 2311-2315
Abstract: Laboratory studies of Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Blattodea: Rhinotermitidae) often employ the use of field-collected foraging populations of individuals as defined colonies. The biological relevance of this practice is often called into question, because these colonies lack a full composition of reproductive castes and brood, which may have physiological and behavioral consequences. Rearing intact laboratory colonies can be done; however, it is time-consuming and labor-intensive. The artificial fusion of field-collected foraging populations with a young, laboratory-reared incipient colony may provide whole, intact colonies for laboratory research. The current study measures survivorship of fused colonies using laboratory-reared complete incipient colonies ranging in age from 0 to 5 mo, fused with 100 workers and 10 soldiers from field-collected populations of different colonial origin. Results indicate that 60% of colony fusion was successful when the incipient colony introduced is 5 mo of age. This method of colony fusion will provide researchers with intact colonies using minimal resources.
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Database assignments for author(s): Aaron J. Mullins, Thomas Chouvenc, Nan-Yao Su

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
general biology - morphology - evolution

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Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Coptotermes formosanus