Tag: Termites

Termites Help Protect Rainforests During Droughts, Study Finds

Are termites all bad for trees and rain forests? Researchers of a new study found that termites actually protected a patch of land during the 2015 and 2016 drought in Borneo.

Earth/Environment January 10, 2019

New Classification Identifies Termites As Cockroaches With Social Hierarchies

Termites no longer have their own order in the insect kingdom. An update on the master list of insect names identified termites as a member of the cockroach family Blattodea.

Animals March 3, 2018

Termite-Hunting Matabele Ants Treat Wounded Comrades By Licking Them

The sub-Saharan Matabele ants rescue their wounded mates in the battlefield, bring them back to their nests, and take turns to lick the wounded legs. Does this behavior help save lives?

Animals February 14, 2018

What’s Causing Mysterious Fairy Circles To Appear? New Study Looks At Both Termites And Plants

Fairy circles have long intrigued scientists, but a team from Princeton has recently shown how the two dominant hypotheses involving termites and plants can jointly explain the mysterious rings.

Earth/Environment January 19, 2017

Insects Are World’s First Farmers: Termites Started Farming About 25 Million Years Before Human Agriculture

The oldest fossil evidence of agriculture shows that termites started to tap on farming millions of years before humans did. How did farming impacted the evolution of these social insects?

Animals June 25, 2016

Two Termite Species Fall In Love And Give Birth To Super Termites

A new termite in Florida is the product of two highly destructive invasive species. How did this happen?

March 26, 2015

Lowly Termite, An Unlikely Savior Of Majestic Animals Like Lions, Elephants In African Savannas: Here's Why

Termite mounds may be able to hold back deserts. Here is how they do it!

February 7, 2015

Termite Mounds Can Hold Back Deserts

You wouldn't want them in your home, but termites perform a valuable service by keeping ecosystems from collapsing into deserts, researchers say. Termite mounds can be a safe haven for vegetation, holding the desert's advance.

Animals February 6, 2015

Where did the 'fairy circles' in the Namibian grasslands come from?

In the myriad of theories about fairy circles, one stood out among the others. As per recent study, it is the “self-organizing” behavior of the vegetation that formed these mysterious circles in the arid grasslands of Namibia in Africa.

Animals May 24, 2014

Termite genome sequenced: Here's how it will help us all

The genetic structure of a termite has been sequenced for the first time. Here is what it could mean.

Animals May 22, 2014

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