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Abstract

The influence of three soil types on the soil termite community in DKI Jakarta.

Abstract

Termite species present in 3 soil types (hydromorph alluvial; dark grey alluvial/red latosol; and brown latosol/lateritic) were studied by partly burying poles (20×10×2.5 cm) of rubberwood (Hevea brasiliensis) at residential sites in Jakarta, Java, Indonesia. The poles were buried to a depth of 15 cm and were placed 0.5 m apart; 2 sites were used for each soil type, and there was a total of 864 poles. Observations on the termites present were made every 3 months. Six termite species were found overall: Microtermes insperatus, M. incertoides, M. gilvus, Odontotermes javanicus, Schederinotermes javanicus and Coptotermes curvignathus. Significant differences were found between soil types in the numbers of termites present.