publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

Influence of soil pedological properties on termite mound stability

P. Jouquet; N. Guilleux; L. Caner; S. Chintakunta; M. Ameline; R.R. Shanbhag;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
Abstract
This study investigated the influence of soil properties on the density and shape of epigeous fungus-growing termite nests in a dry deciduous forest in Karnataka, India. In this environment, Odontotermes obesus produces cathedral shaped mounds. Their density, shape (height and volume) and soil physicochemical properties were analyzed in ferralsol and vertisol environments. No significant difference was observed in O. obesus mound density (n = 2.7 mound ha(-1) on average in the vertisol and ferralsol areas). This study also showed that O. obesus has a limited effect on soil physical properties. No differences in soil particle size, pH, or the C:N ratio and base s...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: fungicomplex mixtures
free text keywords: [SDU.STU]Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Earth Sciences, Odontotermes obesus, India, Vertisol, Ferralsol, Aggregate, Termite mound shape, Clay mineralogical properties, [CHIM.CATA]Chemical Sciences/Catalysis, Soil Science, Saturation (chemistry), Soil texture, Epigeal, Dry season, Geology, Clay minerals, Deciduous, Soil water
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2016

Influence of soil pedological properties on termite mound stability

P. Jouquet; N. Guilleux; L. Caner; S. Chintakunta; M. Ameline; R.R. Shanbhag;