Termite bait data

Study number: 

10

Data set ID: 

2100010001

Data Access: 

Unrestricted

Dataset status: 

Date range: 

1989-03-15 to 2000-01-14

Original investigator: 

Walter G Whitford

Data contact: 

Abstract: 

Data for Jornada LTERII termite bait weight loss. Toilet paper roll termite baits are placed on grids on each consumer plot.

Data include initial bait weights and bait weights after baits have been retrieved from the field once each year. Weight loss is calculated as a measure of termite foraging activity.

Methods: 

field data sheets

A 5 by 5 grid of 25 toilet paper roll baits is randomly located in each consumer plot. Baits are positioned 1 m apart. Each bait is placed on a rebar rod driven into the ground, and covered with a #10 coffee can. Toilet paper rolls are James River (TM) brand, single-ply, white paper. Each bait is oven dried (55 C; 96 hours), weighed before placement in the field, and then oven dried and weighed again after being collected from the field. The difference in placement weight and retrieval weight is calculated as weight loss. Baits are placed in the field in mid-winter and picked-up the following mid-winter. After collection from field, baits are cleaned of dirt, termite casing, and other foreign debris prior to oven-drying. It should be noted that it is not usually possible to remove all casing material because of its strong adhesion to the bait.

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Additional information: 

LTER-II consumer plots located at C-CALI,C-GRAV,C-SAND,G-BASN, G-IBPE,G-SUMM,T-EAST,T-WEST,M-RABB,M-NORT,M-WELL.

Maintenance: 

Once per year (samples left in the field for 12 months)

Long-term dataset: 

Signature dataset: 

LTER Core Area(s): 

Data category: 

LTER VI Proposal Category: 

DOI: 

10.6073/pasta/002606bbdb34ac9082c1d59d7

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