Feeding preference of drywood termite Cryptotermes cynocephalus Light (Kalotermitidae) against common furniture wood species in the Philippines

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Feeding preference of drywood termite Cryptotermes cynocephalus Light (Kalotermitidae) against common furniture wood species in the Philippines

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Drywood termites are known as household pests attacking furniture and other wood products. A free-choice and no-choice feeding test were conducted to determine the feeding preference of Cryptotermes cynocephalus Light to common furniture wood species in the Philippines, viz., Gmelina arborea Roxb, Swietenia macrophylla King and Acacia mangium Willd. The analysis of mass loss, wood consumption rate, and wood utilization rate revealed a distinct feeding preference of C. cynocephalus. The preferred order of wood species was found to be as follows: Swietenia macrophyllaAcacia mangiumGmelina arborea, with the latter being the least favored among the three.

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