Symbionts of Symbionts of Termites

Reticulitermes flavipes, Eastern Subterranean Termite

Wood is a difficult material for organisms to digest. The rotting and decomposition of fallen trees can take years to complete. Wood is mostly cellulose reinforced with lignin. The lignin is refractory to digestion by many organisms and is a barrier to the utilization of cellulose as a food source. The lignin must be processed in order to access the cellulose. Utilizing wood as a food source in termites is not an individual species…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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