Termites can decompose more than half of deadwood in tropical rainforest

Curr Biol. 2019 Feb 18;29(4):R118-R119. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.01.012.


Termite-mediated decomposition is an important, but often overlooked, component of the carbon cycle. Using a large-scale suppression experiment in Borneo, Griffiths et al. found that termites contribute between 58 and 64% of mass loss from dead wood.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Borneo
  • Carbon Cycle*
  • Isoptera / physiology*
  • Malaysia
  • Rainforest*
  • Wood*