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Wood decay fungi associated with subterranean termites rhinotermitidae in louisiana usa



Wood decay fungi associated with subterranean termites rhinotermitidae in louisiana usa



Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 89(3): 417-424



Wood-rotting fungi associated with the subterranean termites Coptotermes formosanus and Reticulitermes spp. in southern Louisiana were examined. Fruiting bodies of thirty basidiomycetes and one ascomycete were collected from termite-infested logs. All of the basidiomycete species caused white rots. These fungi previously have been reported to repel termites. In several cases we found Reticulitermes feeding on basidiocarps, and species of both termite genera were attracted to Ganoderma basidiocarps in choice tests in the laboratory.

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