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2010-09-07 12:11:10

Using sophisticated airborne imaging and structural analysis, scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology mapped more than 40,000 termite mounds over 192 square miles in the African savanna. They found that their size and distribution is linked to vegetation and landscape patterns associated with annual rainfall. The results reveal how the savanna terrain has evolved and show how termite mounds can be used to predict ecological shifts from climate change. The...

2009-08-20 08:24:22

Malaysian scientists say they've discovered a new scuttle fly species that may have the potential to be a biological agent in controlling termite infestation. Named Misotermes mindeni, the new species was found to be a parasite on mound-building termites by doctoral student Kok-Boon Neoh and Professor Chow-Yang Lee of the University of Science Malaysia. The species was identified while Neoh was studying termite mounds on the university's Minden campus. The discovery was detailed in a recent...