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Resistance of Wood Wool Cement Board to the Attack of Philippine Termites
Department of Science and Technology, Forest Products Research and Development Institute, Los Baños, Laguna 4031, Philippines
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Received: 28 October 2011; in revised form: 14 November 2011 / Accepted: 18 November 2011 / Published: 28 December 2011
Abstract: The resistance of yemane (Gmelina arborea Roxb.)-based wood wool cement board (WWCB) against Philippine termites was evaluated under laboratory and field conditions. Tests were conducted following the FPRDI standard procedures in determining the resistance of WWCB against subterranean and drywood termites. Results of the laboratory tests showed that WWCB was resistant to both Microcerotermes losbañosensis Oshima and Cryptotermes dudleyi Banks. Under field conditions, WWCB was highly resistant to subterranean termites. There was no remarkable termite damage except for the normal nibbling or initial termite feeding on the board during the 8-year exposure period.
Keywords: resistance; wood wool cement board; Microcerotermes; Cryptotermes; Nasutitermes; Gmelina
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Garcia, C.M.; Eusebio, D.A.; San Pablo, M.R.; Villena, E.M. Resistance of Wood Wool Cement Board to the Attack of Philippine Termites. Insects 2012, 3, 18-24.
Garcia CM, Eusebio DA, San Pablo MR, Villena EM. Resistance of Wood Wool Cement Board to the Attack of Philippine Termites. Insects. 2012; 3(1):18-24.
Garcia, Carlos M.; Eusebio, Dwight A.; San Pablo, Marciana R.; Villena, Edgar M. 2012. "Resistance of Wood Wool Cement Board to the Attack of Philippine Termites." Insects 3, no. 1: 18-24.