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Stable isotope ratios and uric acid preservation in termites belonging to three feeding habits in Thailand.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11501704     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nitrogen and carbon stable isotope ratios and uric acid concentrations in termites sampled from a dry evergreen forest in Thailand, were determined across three kinds of feeding habits. Feeding habits of Microcerotermes crassus, which is an abundant wood-feeder, and Dicuspiditermes makhamensis, a common soil-feeding termite, were confirmed by isotopic signatures. Lichen feeding termites (Hospitalitermes birmanicus, H. bicolor and H. ataramensis) were characterized by low delta15N values, suggesting that they assimilated nitrogen deposited from the atmosphere. There was also a significant difference in uric acid concentrations between termites representing different feeding habits. No significant relationships were found between uric acid concentrations and delta15N or delta13C in Hospitalitermes. However, delta15N values were correlated with C/N ratios in H. birmanicus, except in one colony of H. ataramensis. delta13C values in both species were negatively correlated with C/N ratios.
I Tayasu; F Hyodo; Y Takematsu; A Sugimoto; T Inoue; N Kirtibutr; T Abe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Isotopes in environmental and health studies     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1025-6016     ISO Abbreviation:  Isotopes Environ Health Stud     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-08-14     Completed Date:  2001-08-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602611     Medline TA:  Isotopes Environ Health Stud     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  259-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratory of Forest Ecology, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Carbon Isotopes / analysis*
Feeding Behavior*
Isoptera* / chemistry*,  physiology
Lichens / chemistry
Nitrogen Isotopes / analysis*
Uric Acid / analysis*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Carbon Isotopes; 0/Nitrogen Isotopes; 0/Soil; 69-93-2/Uric Acid

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