Author(s): Chen J, Henderson G
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Abstract A choice feeding test using 21 amino acids was conducted to determine the feeding preference of Formosan subterranean termite,Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, in the laboratory. Significantly more filter paper treated withD-aspartic acid orL-glutamic acid was consumed by Formosan subterranean termites than was control filter paper treated with water. In two-choice feeding tests, termites consumed significantly more filter paper treated withD-aspartic acid orL-aspartic acid than paper treated with water. AddingL-proline,L-lysine, orL-isoleucine to filter paper significantly increased consumption compared with control filter paper in no-choice tests. The use of amino acid additives in termite baits is briefly discussed.
This article was published in J Chem Ecol
and referenced in Journal of Biodiversity, Bioprospecting and Development