The Principles of Termite Control In Forestry

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Wilkinson W.
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The difficulty in defining the factors controlling termite attack on living trees is explained. Until the full picture is known, accurate predictIOn of expected reaction in an area cannot be made, nor can one be sure of the most efficient control methods. Damage is newly grouped into two categories. These are colonies with (1) restricted range, confined to single trees and (2) with free range, able to extend depredations over a wide area. Descriptions of each kind of damage are given, with worldwide examples, and a summary of the position in Africa. The biolugical background is cunsldered with particular reference to conditions in East Africa. Control measures are reviewed in relatiun to' the habits of the termites concerned. Particular emphasis is given to' Africa's main termite fore,try problem, the protection of new plantatiuns, especially exotics. Even with uur imperfect state uf knuwledge, adequate cuntrol methods are known, which are usually an economic prO' position. Search gues on fur cheaper and simpler techniques. Attention is drawn to' the necessity fur good sIivicultural practice in han,h areas where termite attack uften occurs, but where the termite is frequently a scapegoat.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXXI (2), p. 212-217