Degradation of aromatic compounds by symbiotic organisms of the termite Pseudacanthotermes spiniger

N.G.B.koue, A.M.; Brauman, A.; Rouland, C.

Actes des Colloques Insectes Sociaux, vol 11 Compte rendu colloque annuel, Creteil, France, 3-5 Septembre 1997: 81-84


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The degradation of aromatic compounds by Pseudacanthotermes spiniger and its symbiotic microflora was investigated. In liquid medium, Termitomyces eurhizus, a symbiotic fungus of P. spiniger, mineralized syringic and gallic acids but not ferulic acid. Gut microflora degraded most aromatic compounds in aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Tannic acid and polyaromatic compounds were degraded by the symbiotic fungus, but also by symbiotic microflora from the digestive tract.