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2011-04-02 01:59:05

Ants and termites have a significant positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture, according to a paper published today in the journal 'Nature Communications' by scientists at CSIRO and the University of Sydney. "Ants and termites perform the same ecosystem service functions in dryland agriculture that earthworms perform in cooler and wetter areas, but the potential for ants and termites to provide these benefits has received little attention until now," said CSIRO's Dr Theo Evans....

2009-08-31 08:50:00

Both species eat sound dry wood and can co-exist in the same tree but, while drywood termite colonies contain only about 200 individuals and are confined to one tree, colonies of Coptotermes "“ Australia's dominant wood-eating termite "“ contain around a million individuals, including thousands of aggressive soldiers, and can forage on up to 20 trees simultaneously."We already knew that chewing termites generate vibrations which they use to determine wood size and quality, so it...


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