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Biology of Termites: a Modern Synthesis

  • David Edward Bignell
  • Yves Roisin
  • Nathan Lo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Nathan Lo, Paul Eggleton
    Pages 27-50
  3. Nathan Lo, Gaku Tokuda, Hirofumi Watanabe
    Pages 51-67
  4. Kenneth J. Howard, Barbara L. Thorne
    Pages 97-132
  5. Yves Roisin, Judith Korb
    Pages 133-164
  6. Rebeca B. Rosengaus, James F.A. Traniello, Mark S. Bulmer
    Pages 165-191
  7. Tânia Nobre, Corinne Rouland-Lefèvre, Duur K. Aanen
    Pages 193-210
  8. Toru Miura, Michael E. Scharf
    Pages 211-253
  9. Kenji Matsuura
    Pages 255-277
  10. Christian Bordereau, Jacques M. Pasteels
    Pages 279-320
  11. Edward L. Vargo, Claudia Husseneder
    Pages 321-347
  12. Andreas Brune, Moriya Ohkuma
    Pages 439-475
  13. David T. Jones, Paul Eggleton
    Pages 477-498
  14. Corinne Rouland-Lefèvre
    Pages 499-517
  15. Theodore A. Evans
    Pages 519-562

About this book


Biology of Termites, a Modern Synthesis brings together the major advances in termite biology, phylogenetics, social evolution and biogeography made in the decade since Abe et al Termites: Evolution, Sociality, Symbioses, Ecology became the standard modern reference work on termite science. Building on the success of the Kluwer book, David Bignell, Yves Roisin and Nathan Lo have brought together in the new volume most of the world’s leading experts on termite taxonomy, behaviour, genetics, caste differentiation, physiology, microbiology, mound architecture, distribution and control. Very strong evolutionary and developmental themes run through the individual chapters, fed by new data streams from molecular sequencing, and for the first time it is possible to compare the social organisation of termites with that of the social Hymenoptera, focusing on caste determination, population genetics, cooperative behaviour, nest hygiene and symbioses with microorganisms. New chapters have been added on termite pheromones, termites as pests of agriculture and on destructive invasive species, and new molecular and cladistic frameworks are presented for clarifying taxonomy, especially in the higher termites which dominate many tropical ecosystems. Applied entomologists, developmental and evolutionary biologists, microbial ecologists, sociobiologists and tropical agriculture specialists will all benefit from the new insights provided by this work.


Caste differentiation Eusociality Microbial symbioses Pest status Termites

Editors and affiliations

  • David Edward Bignell
    • 1
  • Yves Roisin
    • 2
  • Nathan Lo
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Biological & Chemical SciencesQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Behavioural & Evolutionary EcologyUniversité Libre de BruxellesBruxellesBelgium
  3. 3.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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