The natural history and role of subterranean termites in the northern Chihuahuan Desert

TitleThe natural history and role of subterranean termites in the northern Chihuahuan Desert
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsMacKay WP, Zak JC, Whitford WG
Series EditorSchmidt JO(ed.)
Series TitleSpecial Biotic Relationships in the Arid Southwest
Number of Pages53-77
PublisherUniversity of New Mexico Press
CityAlbuquerque, New Mexico
Accession NumberJRN00111
Call Number00199
Keywordsbook, books, chapter, chapters, Gnathamitermes, report, reports, termite, decomposition, termite, gallery construction, termite, microarthropod interaction, termite, nitrogen cycling, termite, plant communities, termite, soil infiltration, termite,natural history, termite,population estimation, termites, behavior
Abstract

In this chapter, we summarize what is known about Gnathamitermes tubiformans include discussions on (1) population estimates, (2) diurnal and seasonal aboveground activity patterns, (3) aboveground gallery construction, (4) their importance in nitrogen cycling and the breakdown of organic matter, (5) interactions with microarthropods, (6) effects on soil infiltration rates, and (7) effects on plant communities.

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