Start Date: Dec 03, 2005
End Date: Sep 30, 2009
1. Select strains of biological control agents for the Formosan subterranean termite, with emphasis on Paecilomyces and Metarhizium spp. and enhance their pathogenicity through formulation. 2. Isolate, identify and synthesize chemicals from termite tissues, termite-infested wood, decayed wood and microbial sources that affect termite feeding and foraging behavior, cause mortality, and investigate their mode of action. 3. Identify hormones and processes that affect development and physiology of the FST in order to explore their potential use in termite management.