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Title: Nutrient content of sexual and worker forms of the subterranean termite, Reticulitermes sp
Authors: Paul, D
Dey, Sudipta
Keywords: Termites
Nutrient contents
Amino acids
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC CodeInt.Cl.8: A01G1/00, A01G17/00, A47G19/00, A23L1/00, A23L1/06, A61P15/00
Abstract: In the study, total carbohydrate and protein content of the sexual and worker forms of subterranean termite Reticulitermes sp has been determined. The sexual forms contain higher protein (87.33%) than worker forms (81.66 %), respectively. The carbohydrate content in sexual and worker castes is 2.73%& 1.26 %, respectively. The protein content in sexual and worker castes is higher than the conventional food items such as Lates calcarifer (Bhekti) 60.2%, and dried shrimps (Chingri) 62.4% whereas the carbohydrate content is also higher than radish (2.4%) and beef meal (0.2%).The amino acid content in sexual and worker forms is 6.7% & 4.66%, respectively. Qualitative analyses of amino acids reveal the presence of phenylalanine, histidine (essential) and tyrosine, (non essential amino acid). The mineral content of the sexual form is also determined and compared with conventional food items. The dietary significance of termites is discussed.
Page(s): 505-507
CC License:  CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.10(3) [July 2011]

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