oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Acetylene reduction by the harvester termite Hodotermes mossambicus (Hagen)

Volume 50, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Neither newly flown alates nor young incipient colonies of the harvester termite Hodotermes mossambicus (Hagen) were able to reduce acetylene. The major and minor workers of established colonies were able to do so at a low rate. The larvae did not possess this ability. Much of the ethylene produced by intact colonies can be ascribed to acetylene reduction by the faeces which lose this ability on ageing or desiccation.

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