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Termite colonies have always been assumed to be a mix of males and females; not only reproductives but also workers and soldiers of both sexes. Researchers have found colonies of a drywood termite in Japan that have thrived and survived for millions of years, without males! Image credit Sydney University: All-female (asexual) colony of the drywood termite (Glyptotermes nakajimal)
Discovering a new active ingredient, especially one with a different mode of action, has never been an easy task. How does a termiticide such as Altriset arrive on the market? Here we look at the long and challenging journey to bring a new product to market.
Research from the University of Florida, USA, has shown that when Formosan subterranean termites are weakened by insecticide bait, a neighbouring colony will invade their territory, only to meet the identical fate. The research finding is key for pest managers in understanding the potential effects of termite baiting.