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Insects 2012, 3(2), 396-401; doi:10.3390/insects3020396
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Termite-Susceptible Species of Wood for Inclusion as a Reference in Indonesian Standardized Laboratory Testing

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Received: 17 February 2012; in revised form: 24 February 2012 / Accepted: 19 March 2012 / Published: 28 March 2012
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Abstract: Standardized laboratory testing of wood and wood-based products against subterranean termites in Indonesia (SNI 01.7207-2006) (SNI) has no requirement for the inclusion of a comparative reference species of wood (reference control). This is considered a weakness of the Indonesian standard. Consequently, a study was undertaken to identify a suitable Indonesian species of community wood that could be used as a reference control. Four candidate species of community woods: Acacia mangium, Hevea brasiliensis, Paraserianthes falcataria and Pinus merkusii were selected for testing their susceptibility to feeding by Coptotermes formosanus. Two testing methods (SNI and the Japanese standard method JIS K 1571-2004) were used to compare the susceptibility of each species of wood. Included in the study was Cryptomeria japonica, the reference control specified in the Japanese standard. The results of the study indicated that P. merkusii is a suitable reference species of wood for inclusion in laboratory tests against subterranean termites, conducted in accordance with the Indonesian standard (SNI 01.7207-2006).
Keywords: percent mass loss; termite mortality; wood feeding rate; Coptotermes formosanus; SNI 01.7207-2006; JIS K 1571-2004 percent mass loss; termite mortality; wood feeding rate; Coptotermes formosanus; SNI 01.7207-2006; JIS K 1571-2004
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MDPI and ACS Style

Arinana; Tsunoda, K.; Herliyana, E.N.; Hadi, Y.S. Termite-Susceptible Species of Wood for Inclusion as a Reference in Indonesian Standardized Laboratory Testing. Insects 2012, 3, 396-401.

AMA Style

Arinana, Tsunoda K, Herliyana EN, Hadi YS. Termite-Susceptible Species of Wood for Inclusion as a Reference in Indonesian Standardized Laboratory Testing. Insects. 2012; 3(2):396-401.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Arinana; Tsunoda, Kunio; Herliyana, Elis N.; Hadi, Yusuf S. 2012. "Termite-Susceptible Species of Wood for Inclusion as a Reference in Indonesian Standardized Laboratory Testing." Insects 3, no. 2: 396-401.

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