Polyethism in Termites

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Polyethism or division of works among workers of social insects is always a hot issue among entomologists. Honey bees, ants, and wasps are the main target for scientists to study the division of works. Studying polyethism in termites has been increased recently due to the damages to the forests, buildings, boats and even water preserving monuments. Every year a huge amount of money is spent to control these isopteran social insects in the south east of Asia, the US, Australia and other tropical and subtropical regions. As understanding the polyethism in these social insects can be a hand in controlling them, in this review we have tried to explain different kinds of polyethism and their importance in these social insects.

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Soleymaninejadian, E. , Bao, Z. , Liu, S. , Ji, S. and Liu, J. (2014) Polyethism in Termites. Advances in Entomology, 2, 129-134. doi: 10.4236/ae.2014.23020.

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