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Insects 2016, 7(3), 37; doi:10.3390/insects7030037

Subterranean Termite Resistance of Polystyrene-Treated Wood from Three Tropical Wood Species

Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, Jawa Barat 16680, Indonesia
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Received: 1 April 2016 / Revised: 24 May 2016 / Accepted: 15 July 2016 / Published: 21 July 2016
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The objective of this work was to investigate the resistance of three Indonesian wood species to termite attack. Samples from sengon (Falcataria moluccana), mangium (Acacia mangium), and pine (Pinus merkusii) were treated with polystyrene at loading levels of 26.0%, 8.6%, and 7.7%, respectively. Treated and untreated samples were exposed to environmental conditions in the field for 3 months. Untreated specimens of sengon, mangium, and pine had resistance ratings of 3.0, 4.6, and 2.4, respectively, based on a 10-point scale from 0 (no resistance) to 10 (complete or near-complete resistance). Corresponding resistance values of 7.8, 7.2, and 8.2 were determined for specimens treated with polystyrene. Overall weight loss values of 50.3%, 23.3%, and 66.4% were found for untreated sengon, mangium, and pine samples, respectively; for treated samples, the values were 7.6%, 14.4%, and 5.1%, respectively. Based on the findings in this study, overall resistance to termite attack was higher for treated samples compared to untreated samples. View Full-Text
Keywords: subterranean termite; polystyrene wood; wood weight loss; resistance rating subterranean termite; polystyrene wood; wood weight loss; resistance rating
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Hadi, Y.S.; Massijaya, M.Y.; Arinana, A. Subterranean Termite Resistance of Polystyrene-Treated Wood from Three Tropical Wood Species. Insects 2016, 7, 37.

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