Termites' Engineering Skills Help Protect Tropical Rainforests From Drought

Termites are minuscule scourges to homeowners, but the wood-chomping critters are also masterful engineers. And now an international team of researchers has found that these construction skills actually help protect tropical rainforests from drought. The insects have an outsized impact on forest soils by helping control moisture in the dirt, a critical component to forest health that climate change and human impacts increasingly threaten. The results also suggest termites could buffer tropic

Termites' Engineering Skills Help Protect Tropical Rainforests From Drought

Termites are minuscule scourges to homeowners, but the wood-chomping critters are also masterful engineers. And now an international team of researchers has found that these construction skills ...

Thu 10 Jan 19 from Discover Magazine

Poison toilet paper reveals how termites help rainforests resist drought

Novel use of poisoned toilet paper rolls and teabags led to discovery that termites help tropical forests resist droughts.

Thu 10 Jan 19 from ScienceNews

Termites mitigate effects of drought in tropical rainforests

A major new study, led jointly by the University of Liverpool and the Natural History Museum, has discovered that termites mitigate against the effects of drought in tropical rain forests.

Thu 10 Jan 19 from Phys.org

Termites help to protect tropical forests during drought, study finds

Droughts can transform tropical forests. They kill trees and slow their growth. They also affect microbes that are critical to keeping the forest soil healthy. But termites, better known for ...

Thu 10 Jan 19 from Mongabay.com

Termites mitigate effects of drought in Tropical Rainforest

Termites are commonly regarded as one of the most destructive insect pests, yet its unknown side was recently revealed by a major new study. Researchers have discovered that termites actually ...

Thu 10 Jan 19 from ScienceDaily

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