Section 8
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The humic compounds in termitaria of thoracotermes macrothorax humus eating and macrotermes muelleri fungus growing

Garnier Sillam, E.; Renoux, J.; Toutain, F.

Soil Biology and Biochemistry 21(4): 499-506


ISSN/ISBN: 0038-0717
Accession: 007905634

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The particular biological activity of the termites influences humification processes in soil. The soil-feeding termite T. macrothorax incorporates its faeces into its mounds and creates an humiferous stratum with an increased amount of carbon and humic compounds around its nest. The fungus-growing termite M. mulleri, which deposits its faeces on the ground, depletes the surroundings in organic matter.

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