LONDON, Ontario, Canada — The University of Western Ontario is studying the genetics and behavior of the eastern subterranean termite (R. flavipes), and is collecting samples from throughout the U.S. and Canada. This data will greatly help UWO researchers further understand the invasive nature of this species, according to Graham Thompson, associate professor, and Vicki Simkovic, assistant professor, department of biology, Western Ontario University.
If you have termites and are able to collect samples, follow these steps:
(1) Visit the UWO webpage to register your details: http://www.uwo.ca/biology/faculty/thompson/termites/index.html.
(2) UWO will send you a collection tube with alcohol, envelope and instructions.
(3) UWO will ask that you place 20-100 termites in each tube, using a different tube for every location you collect, and mark the location/date/name on the tube. Place the tubes in the padded envelopes provided.
(4) Mail the padded envelope back to UWO. (Ideally, UWO would like to receive termite samples throughout the summer and fall 2014)
If you have questions, contact: Vicki Simkovic via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 519/661-2111, ext. 86137.