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termite colony experiment setup designed by Su 2005

termite colony experiment setup designed by Su 2005

In 2005, Nan-Yao Su, Ph.D., at the University of Florida led a study that introduced a novel experimental setup for examining the behavior of colony-level numbers of Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus). This setup was the first to simulate, in the lab, long-distance foraging for tunneling termites, using tubing and planar arenas so that all termites could be observed at all time. If a termite is placed at one end of the arena network, it can be found on the other end a few days later. This protocol allowed Su (and researchers to follow) to test the effect of different pesticides on termites over realistically long foraging distances. (Image originally published in Su 2005, Journal of Economic Entomology)

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