Termite Attractant from Fungus-Infected Wood

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Science  07 Jul 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3471, pp. 50
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3471.50


Field observations suggested that subterranean termites might follow a concentration gradient of attractive material to find decaying wood. Laboratory cultures of the brown rot fungus, Lenzites trabea Pers. ex. Fr., on pine blocks formed a material attractive to the eastern subterranean termites, Reticulitermes flavipes (Kol.) and R. virginicus Banks, and a Costa Rican termite, Nasutitermes columbicus (Holmgren). Such a potent termite attractant may be useful in termite surveys and control.