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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BIOLOGICAL AND BIORATIONAL CONTROL OF THE FORMOSAN SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE Project Number: 6435-32000-010-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Dec 03, 2005
End Date: Sep 30, 2009

Objective:
Select pathogenic fungi for control of the Formosan subterranean termite and enhance their pathogenicity through formulations. Isolate and characterize naturally occurring chemicals that affect termite feeding and foraging behavior or cause mortality, and investgigate their mode of action. Identify hormones and processes that affect development and physiology of the Formosan subterranean termite in order to explore their potential use in termite management.

Approach:
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.

Last Modified: 7/22/2014
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