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Research Article
Effects of Seasonal Changes on the Microflora In the Hindgut of Wood-Eating Termites

T.O. Femi-Ola and E.Y. Aderibigbe

Journal of Entomology, 2009, 6(1), 67-71.

Abstract

The bacterial population in the hindgut of the higher wood-eating termite, Amitermes evuncifer Silvestri was estimated at both dry and wet seasons. The total bacterial counts in the soldier and worker termites were 1.46±0.26x106 and 2.51±0.31x106 cfu mL-1 during the wet season; while it was 5.30±1.1x104 and 5.8±0.9x104 cfu mL-1 during the dry season, respectively. There was no significant difference in the total bacterial count in the hindgut of the worker and soldier termites in both seasons. The total bacterial count in the dry season was significantly lower (p≤0.05) than the population during the wet season. The bacterial species were identified to be Bacillus subtilis, B. cereus, Micrococcus luteus, Streptococcus sp. and Serratia marcescens.

ASCI-ID: 48-201

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