Research

A 6-metre tall mound of the grass-feeding subterranean termite Nasutitermes triodiae (the Spinifex Termite).

A 6-metre tall mound of the grass-feeding subterranean termite Nasutitermes triodiae (the Spinifex Termite).

AFRC has its own in-house research programs, aimed primarily at improving the methods used to evaluate the efficacy of materials’ resistance to attack by insects and fungi and to establish appropriate minimum threshold limits for protection systems. The results of these programs are disseminated in the public domain and contribute to the refinement of national and international test standards.

One recently completed project demonstrated that a structural composite material manufactured from cereal straw was more susceptible to attack by a species of grass-feeding termite compared with wood-destroying termites. Furthermore, the grass-feeding species also exhibited an ability to attack and consume timber-based materials.

Recently published papers:

International Field Trials of Pyrethroid-Treated Wood Exposed to Coptotermes acinaciformis in Australia and C. formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in China and the USA.
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The Resistance of High Performance Acetylated Wood to Attack by Wood-Destroying Fungi and Termites.
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The Susceptibility of Oriented Structural Straw Board (OSSB) to Damage by Subterranean Wood-Destroying and Grass-Feeding Termites in Australia.
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The Resistance of Accoya® and Tricoya® to Attack by Wood-Destroying Fungi and Termites.
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