Quantifying arthropod contributions to wood decay


Termites carry large amounts of soil into dead wood, and this behaviour complicates efforts to measure their contributions to wood decay. A novel method for isolating termite soil by burning the wood is described, and some preliminary results are presented.

  • Citation: Ulyshen, Michael D.; Wagner, Terry L. 2013. Quantifying arthropod contributions to wood decay. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4:345-352.
  • Keywords: Coleoptera, ecosystem services, insects, invertebrates, Isoptera, saproxylic
  • Posted Date: April 5, 2013
  • Modified Date: February 26, 2014
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