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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228475/parallel-evolution-of-mound-building-and-grass-feeding-in-australian-nasute-termites
#1
Daej A Arab, Anna Namyatova, Theodore A Evans, Stephen L Cameron, David K Yeates, Simon Y W Ho, Nathan Lo
Termite mounds built by representatives of the family Termitidae are among the most spectacular constructions in the animal kingdom, reaching 6-8 m in height and housing millions of individuals. Although functional aspects of these structures are well studied, their evolutionary origins remain poorly understood. Australian representatives of the termitid subfamily Nasutitermitinae display a wide variety of nesting habits, making them an ideal group for investigating the evolution of mound building. Because they feed on a variety of substrates, they also provide an opportunity to illuminate the evolution of termite diets...
February 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225562/the-adipokinetic-hormone-of-mantodea-in-comparison-to-other-dictyoptera
#2
Gerd Gäde, Heather G Marco
Six species of the order Mantodea (praying mantises) are investigated for the presence and sequence of putative adipokinetic hormones (AKHs). The selected species span a wide evolutionary range of various families and subfamilies of the clade Mantodea. The corpora cardiaca of the different species are dissected, methanolic extracts prepared, peptides separated by liquid chromatography, and AKHs detected and sequenced by ion trap mass spectrometry. All six species investigated contain an octapeptide with the primary structure pGlu-Val-Asn-Phe-Thr-Pro-Asn-Trp amide, which is code-named Emppe-AKH and had been found earlier in three other species of Mantodea...
February 22, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211309/chryseobacterium-reticulitermitis-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-gut-of-reticulitermes-aculabialis
#3
Yun Zhao, Yu Wang, Dan Hong Li, Yu Deng, Hong Yang
A Gram-staining-negative, non-motile, aerobic and rod-shaped bacterium, strain Ra1T, was isolated from the gut of a wood-feeding lower termite, Reticulitermes aculabialis. Phylogenetic analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that the strain was closely related to Chryseobacterium rigui JCM 18078T (96.7%). Growth was observed at 15-45℃ (optimum 30℃), at pH 6.0-9.0 (optimum pH 8.0) and in the presence of 0-2% NaCl (optimum 0%). The DNA G+C content of strain Ra1T was 39.9 mol%. The cells contained MK-6 as the sole respiratory quinone and the major fatty acids were iso-C15:0, iso-C17:0, summed feature 3 (comprising C16:1ω6c and/or C16:1ω7c) and summed feature 9 (comprising C16:0 10-methyl and/or iso-C17:1ω9c)...
February 2, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207275/macrotermycins-a-d-glycosylated-macrolactams-from-a-termite-associated-amycolatopsis-sp-m39
#4
Christine Beemelmanns, Timothy R Ramadhar, Ki Hyun Kim, Jonathan L Klassen, Shugeng Cao, Thomas P Wyche, Yanpeng Hou, Michael Poulsen, Tim S Bugni, Cameron R Currie, Jon Clardy
Bioassay-guided metabolomic analyses led to the characterization of four new 20-membered glycosylated polyketide macrolactams, macrotermycins A-D, from a termite-associated actinomycete, Amycolatopsis sp. M39. M39's sequenced genome revealed the macrotermycin's putative biosynthetic gene cluster. Macrotermycins A and C had antibacterial activity against human-pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus and, of greater ecological relevance, they also had selective antifungal activity against a fungal parasite of the termite fungal garden...
February 16, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187654/description-of-the-imago-of-i-neocapritermes-i-i-utiariti-i-isoptera-termitidae-termitinae
#5
Renato A Azevedo, Rafael Sobral, Cristian S Dambros, José W DE Morais
The neotropical termite genus Neocapritermes Holmgren (1912) was revised by Krishna & Araujo (1968), who recognized 14 valid species. Two additional species were described by Constantino (1991), and another one by Bandeira & Cancello (1992). However, the imago of most species of Neocapritermes remain unknown. In this paper we describe for the first time the imago of Neocapritermes utiariti based on specimens from the State of Rondônia, Brazil. The examined material will be deposited in the Invertebrate Collection of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil (INPA)...
January 19, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187645/-i-sandsitermes-i-gen-nov-a-new-nasute-termite-genus-from-south-america-isoptera-termitidae-nasutitermitinae
#6
Carolina Cuezzo, Eliana M Cancello, Tiago F Carrijo
We establish herein a new genus of Neotropical termites of the subfamily Nasutitermitinae, Sandsitermes gen. nov.. The new genus accommodates a previously described species, Nasutitermes robustus (Holmgren), and is diagnosed by worker characters, including the mandibles, the gut-coiling configuration in situ, and the pattern of cushions and spines of the enteric valve. We characterized and illustrated the imago for the first time and redescribe the soldier and worker castes of Sandsitermes robustus gen. et comb...
January 20, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173820/therapeutic-arthropods-and-other-largely-terrestrial-folk-medicinally-important-invertebrates-a-comparative-survey-and-review
#7
REVIEW
V Benno Meyer-Rochow
Traditional healing methods involving hundreds of insect and other invertebrate species are reviewed. Some of the uses are based on the tenet of "similia similibus" (let likes be cured by likes), but not all non-conventional health promoting practices should be dismissed as superstition or wishful thinking, for they have stood the test of time. Two questions are addressed: how can totally different organ systems in a human possibly benefit from extracts, potions, powders, secretions, ashes, etc. of a single species and how can different target organs, e...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168033/invasive-termites-in-a-changing-climate-a-global-perspective
#8
Grzegorz Buczkowski, Cleo Bertelsmeier
Termites are ubiquitous insects in tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate regions and play an important role in ecosystems. Several termite species are also significant economic pests, mainly in urban areas where they attack human-made structures, but also in natural forest habitats. Worldwide, approximately 28 termite species are considered invasive and have spread beyond their native ranges, often with significant economic consequences. We used predictive climate modeling to provide the first global risk assessment for 13 of the world's most invasive termites...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141964/spatial-self-organization-of-ecosystems-integrating-multiple-mechanisms-of-regular-pattern-formation
#9
Robert M Pringle, Corina E Tarnita
Large-scale regular vegetation patterns are common in nature, but their causes are disputed. Whereas recent theory focuses on scale-dependent feedbacks as a potentially universal mechanism, earlier studies suggest that many regular spatial patterns result from territorial interference competition between colonies of social-insect ecosystem engineers, leading to hexagonally overdispersed nest sites and associated vegetation. Evidence for this latter mechanism is scattered throughout decades of disparate literature and lacks a unified conceptual framework, fueling skepticism about its generality in debates over the origins of patterned landscapes...
January 31, 2017: Annual Review of Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130454/genetic-diversity-in-nannotrigona-testaceicornis-hymenoptera-apidae-aggregations-in-southeastern-brazil
#10
A S Fonseca, E J F Oliveira, G S Freitas, A F Assis, C C M Souza, E P B Contel, A E E Soares
The Meliponini, also known as stingless bees, are distributed in tropical and subtropical areas of the world and plays an essential role in pollinating many wild plants and crops These bees can build nests in cavities of trees or walls, underground or in associations with ants or termites; interestingly, these nests are sometimes found in aggregations. In order to assess the genetic diversity and structure in aggregates of Nannotrigona testaceicornis (Lepeletier), samples of this species were collected from six aggregations and genetically analyzed for eight specific microsatellite loci...
January 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126587/co-option-of-the-sphingolipid-metabolism-for-the-production-of-nitroalkene-defensive-chemicals-in-termite-soldiers
#11
Anna Jirošová, Andrej Jančařík, Riya C Menezes, Olga Bazalová, Klára Dolejšová, Heiko Vogel, Pavel Jedlička, Aleš Buček, Jana Brabcová, Pavel Majer, Robert Hanus, Aleš Svatoš
The aliphatic nitroalkene (E)-1-nitropentadec-1-ene (NPD), reported in early seventies in soldiers of the termite genus Prorhinotermes, was the first documented nitro compound produced by insects. Yet, its biosynthetic origin has long remained unknown. Here, we investigated in detail the biosynthesis of NPD in P. simplex soldiers. First, we track the dynamics in major metabolic pathways during soldier ontogeny, with emphasis on likely NPD precursors and intermediates. Second, we propose a hypothesis of NPD formation and verify its individual steps using in vivo incubations of putative precursors and intermediates...
January 23, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126033/cultural-significance-of-termites-in-sub-saharan-africa
#12
Arnold van Huis
BACKGROUND: The number of termite species in the world is more than 2500, and Africa with more than 1000 species has the richest intercontinental diversity. The family Termitidae contains builders of great mounds up to 5 m high. Colonies are composed of casts: a queen, a king, soldiers and workers. Some species of termite cultivate specialised fungi to digest cellulose. Termites constitute 10% of all animal biomass in the tropics. The purpose of the study was to make an overview of how termites are utilized, perceived and experienced in daily life across sub-Saharan Africa...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125068/potential-hybridization-between-two-invasive-termite-species-coptotermes-formosanus-and-c-gestroi-isoptera-rhinotermitidae-and-its-biological-and-economic-implications
#13
REVIEW
Nan-Yao Su, Thomas Chouvenc, Hou-Feng Li
The Asian subterranean termite, Coptotermes gestroi, is a tropical species but has increasingly been collected from the subtropics in recent years, making it sympatric to the Formosan subterranean termite, C. formosanus in at least three areas, Taiwan, Hawaii, and Florida. Simultaneous flights by these two species were observed since 2013 in South Florida, during which interspecies tandems were observed. Laboratory mating of C. formosanus and C. gestroi alates produced hybrid incipient colonies of larger population size...
January 25, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122113/social-buffering-in-a-eusocial-invertebrate-termite-soldiers-reduce-the-lethal-impact-of-competitor-cues-on-workers
#14
Li Tian, Evan L Preisser, Kenneth F Haynes, Xuguo Zhou
While the impact of predator-induced stress on prey has received considerable attention, there has been far less research into the effect of competitors. Cues from aggressive competitors should be particularly likely to evoke behavioral and/or physiological responses, since they may be indicative of both direct (interference) and indirect (exploitative) threats. The danger posed by such competitors, and the 'fear' they evoke, should be reduced at lower competitor densities and by the presence of individual conspecifics specialized for defense...
January 25, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111821/digestibility-of-a-new-diet-for-captive-short-beaked-echidnas-tachyglossus-aculeatus
#15
Hayley J Stannard, Jamie M Bekkers, Julie M Old, Bronwyn M McAllan, Michelle E Shaw
Short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus) are myrmecophages, or ant and termite insectivore specialists, and replicating their exact diet in captivity is problematic. Diets for captive animals often incorporate raw meat, eggs and cat food mixed together with water, and vitamin and mineral supplements. These diets have promoted a number of health problems in captive echidnas, such as gastritis, cystitis, gut impaction, obesity, and diarrhea. A manufactured diet was designed and three echidnas from two zoos were transitioned onto this diet to assess the acceptability and digestibility of this diet for echidnas...
January 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102267/a-theoretical-foundation-for-multi-scale-regular-vegetation-patterns
#16
Corina E Tarnita, Juan A Bonachela, Efrat Sheffer, Jennifer A Guyton, Tyler C Coverdale, Ryan A Long, Robert M Pringle
Self-organized regular vegetation patterns are widespread and thought to mediate ecosystem functions such as productivity and robustness, but the mechanisms underlying their origin and maintenance remain disputed. Particularly controversial are landscapes of overdispersed (evenly spaced) elements, such as North American Mima mounds, Brazilian murundus, South African heuweltjies, and, famously, Namibian fairy circles. Two competing hypotheses are currently debated. On the one hand, models of scale-dependent feedbacks, whereby plants facilitate neighbours while competing with distant individuals, can reproduce various regular patterns identified in satellite imagery...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098752/microbiological-load-of-edible-insects-found-in-belgium
#17
Rudy Caparros Megido, Sandrine Desmedt, Christophe Blecker, François Béra, Éric Haubruge, Taofic Alabi, Frédéric Francis
Edible insects are gaining more and more attention as a sustainable source of animal protein for food and feed in the future. In Belgium, some insect products can be found on the market, and consumers are sourcing fresh insects from fishing stores or towards traditional markets to find exotic insects that are illegal and not sanitarily controlled. From this perspective, this study aims to characterize the microbial load of edible insects found in Belgium (i.e., fresh mealworms and house crickets from European farms and smoked termites and caterpillars from a traditional Congolese market) and to evaluate the efficiency of different processing methods (blanching for all species and freeze-drying and sterilization for European species) in reducing microorganism counts...
January 13, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076409/an-efficient-antioxidant-system-in-a-long-lived-termite-queen
#18
Eisuke Tasaki, Kazuya Kobayashi, Kenji Matsuura, Yoshihito Iuchi
The trade-off between reproduction and longevity is known in wide variety of animals. Social insect queens are rare organisms that can achieve a long lifespan without sacrificing fecundity. The extended longevity of social insect queens, which contradicts the trade-off, has attracted much attention because it implies the existence of an extraordinary anti-aging mechanism. Here, we show that queens of the termite Reticulitermes speratus incur significantly lower oxidative damage to DNA, protein and lipid and have higher activity of antioxidant enzymes than non-reproductive individuals (workers and soldiers)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069613/development-of-age-polyethism-with-colony-maturity-in-coptotermes-formosanus-isoptera-rhinotermitidae
#19
He Du, Thomas Chouvenc, Nan-Yao Su
Age polyethism in a social insect colony occurs when individuals of different ages perform different tasks. In termites (Isoptera), it has mostly been reported in higher termites, but elements of age polyethism were recently found in juvenile colonies of a lower termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki (Rhinotermitidae). The objective of this study was to compare age polyethism in immature colonies (10-mo-old) of C. formosanus to the age polyethism observed in juvenile colonies (4-yr-old), to investigate if age polyethism emerges as soon as old workers are present, or if it emerges later on, as the colony grows and ages...
January 9, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057829/evolution-of-the-asexual-queen-succession-system-and-its-underlying-mechanisms-in-termites
#20
REVIEW
Kenji Matsuura
One major advantage of sexual reproduction over asexual reproduction is its promotion of genetic variation, although it reduces the genetic contribution to offspring. Queens of social insects double their contribution to the gene pool, while overuse of asexual reproduction may reduce the ability of the colony to adapt to environmental stress because of the loss of genetic diversity. Recent studies have revealed that queens of some termite species can solve this tradeoff by using parthenogenesis to produce the next generation of queens and sexual reproduction to produce other colony members...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
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