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Respiration of fungus combs and CO2 concentration in the center of mounds of some termites



Respiration of fungus combs and CO2 concentration in the center of mounds of some termites



Wilde, J de Chairman: De Wilde, J : Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects Wageningen, The Netherlands, September 5-10, 1977: 104-106



T. G. Wood has stated in a review of the role of termites in the decomposition process that the fungus-termite symbiotic system in Macrotermitinae appears to result in complete utilisation of ingested food with little or no return to the ecosystem via the faeces. The present author suggests that the fungus must metabolise considerable quantities of carbon in order to maintain its ratio of nitrogen to carbon and balance the loss of nitrogen by termites.

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