Termites and Sustainable Management

Volume 1 - Biology, Social Behaviour and Economic Importance

  • Md. Aslam Khan
  • Wasim Ahmad

Part of the Sustainability in Plant and Crop Protection book series (SUPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Md. Aslam Khan, Wasim Ahmad
    Pages 1-25
  3. Nivaarani Arumugam, Nurul Syuhaddah Mohd Kori, Homathevi Rahman
    Pages 27-45
  4. Syed Kamran Ahmad, Hassan Ali Dawah, Md. Aslam Khan
    Pages 47-68
  5. Navodita Maurice, László Erdei
    Pages 69-99
  6. Paola Talia, Joel Arneodo
    Pages 101-117
  7. Ahmad Pervez
    Pages 119-143
  8. Paulo F. Cristaldo
    Pages 145-158
  9. Ibrahim G. Ali, Berhan M. (Shiday) Ahmed, Gary Sheridan, John R. J. French
    Pages 181-199
  10. Md. Aslam Khan, Wasim Ahmad, Bishwajeet Paul
    Pages 201-216
  11. Forkwa T. Fombong, John N. Kinyuru
    Pages 217-240
  12. Emmanuel Arhin, Millicent Captain-Esoah, Belinda S. Berdie
    Pages 241-258
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 259-265

About this book


This Volume comprises 12 chapters in an attempt to bring available information on biology, social behavour and economic importance of termites. Chapters in this book dealing with termites identification provide a review on most updated information of their systematics. Ecologically, termites interact with living and non-living surroundings and deliver a wide range of behaviors. In a separate chapter termites ecology is examined and explored. Termites depend on their gut microbes for digestion of complex polysaccharides of wood into simpler molecules. Information provided on termite gut microbiome and lignocellulose degradation constitutes an important contribution. Termite biology and social behaviour have been addressed comprehensively. Trail pheromones are responsible for the orientation and recruitment of nestmates to the food sources. Once arriving at a potential food source, termites assess its quality using a different set of cues. A separate chapter on trail pheromones, cues used during foraging and food assessment, with preferences for foraging sites, contributes a wealth of information. Emphasis has been given on reviewing ecological benefits of termites in other chapters. The information with respect to termite species as an edible insect and the overall role it plays in food and nutrition security in Africa is quite informative. A separate chapter dealing with importance of termites and termitaria in mineral exploration constitutes a significant step in addressing the economic importance of this insect group.


Termite Termiticides Natural enemies Sustainable management dual cellulolytic systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Md. Aslam Khan
    • 1
  • Wasim Ahmad
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceJazan UniversityJazanSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of Zoology, Section of NematologyAligarh Muslim UniversityAligarhIndia

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