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Research center for termite sociobiology and pest control
Time:2017-10-20 Views:

The research center concentrates on biology of termites. Using the black-winged subterranean termite, Odontotermesformosanus (Shiraki), and Formosan subterranean termite, CoptotermesformosanusShiraki, as model organisms, we investigate their caste differentiation, behavioral ecology and behavioral physiology, especially the molecular mechanisms therein. Our long-term goal is to develop the key technologies and methods for preventingand controlling termite infestations and utilization of termite resources. Our current projects include termite biodiversity, termite resource assessment, taxonomic revision of Rhinotermitidae and development of environmentally-friendly bait for termites and cockroaches.

Research Interests: Termite biology and Pest management
Tel: +86-20-86183617
E-mail: lizq@giabr.gd.cn
Address:No. 105 Xingang Road West, Guangzhou 510260, China

Research Areas:
1. Termite sociality: Termite behaviour,population genetics, caste differentiation and physiological ecology.
2. Termite utilization: Termite systematics, resource assessments, exploitation and utilization.
3. Pest control: Baiting systems for control of termites and cockroaches.

Research Personnel:
PI: Prof. Dr. Zhi-Qiang LI
Assistant Professor: Yun-Ling KE (Dr.), He DU (Dr.), Tian-Hong ZHUANG
Research Assistant: Shi-Jun ZHANG, Wen-Jing WU, Chun-Xiao WANG
Students:Xiao-Lin LIU, Dai-Fei GU, Ya-Hui HOU, Jun-Qiang JIA, Huan-Huan ZHANG, Si-Jia WU

1.Ke, Y. L., W. J. Wu, S. J. Zhang and Z. Q. Li. Morphological and genetic evidence for the synonymy of Reticulitermes species: Reticulitermesdichrous and Reticulitermesguangzhouensis (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Florida Entomologist. 2017, 100(1): 101-108.
2.Du, H., T. Chouvenc, W. L. A. Osbrink and N.Y. Su. Heterogeneous distribution of castes/instars and behaviors in the nest of CoptotermesformosanusShiraki. InsectesSociaux, 2017, 64(1): 103–112.
3.Liu, X. L., W. J. Wu, D. D. Zhang and Z. Q. Li. Molecular Cloning and Characterization of a Putative beta-glucosidase from the Formosan Subterranean Termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Journal of Entomological Science. 2017, 52(2): 177-192.
4.Wu, W. J., Z. Q. Li, S. J. Zhang, Y. L. Ke and Y. H. Hou. Transcriptome response to elevated atmospheric CO2 concentration in the Formosan subterranean termite, CoptotermesformosanusShiraki (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). PeerJ. 2016, 4: e2527.
5.Wu, W. J.,Z. Y. Huang, Z. Q. Li, S. J. Zhang, X. L. Liu and D. F. Gu. De novo transcriptome sequencing of Cryptotermesdomesticus and comparative analysis of gene expression in response to different wood species. Gene. 2016, 575(2, Part 3): 655-666.
6.Li, Z. Q., Y. L. Ke, W. H. Zeng, S. J. Zhang and W. J. Wu. Response of Termite (Blattodea: Termitoidae) Assemblages to Lower Subtropical Forest Succession: A Case Study in Dinghushan Biosphere Reserve, China. Environmental Entomology. 2016, 45(1): 39-45.
7.Li, Z. Q., B. R. Liu,W. H. Zeng, et al. Cellulase activities in the guts of flagellate-free termites with different feeding habits. Journal of Insect Science, 2013, 13(37): 1-8.
8.Li, Z. Q., B. R. Liu,W. H. Zeng, et al. Genetic variation in Coptotermesgestroi (Isoptera:Rhinotermitidae) populations from Hainan, Taiwan, and Philippines, Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology, 2012, (28), 57–65.
9.Li, Z. Q., J. H. Zhong and W. L. Xiao. A New Synonymy of Coptotermesformosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology. 2012, 59(4): 1223-1227.
10.Li, Z. Q., B. R. Liu, Q. J. Li, et al. Two new synonyms of Coptotermesgestroi (Wasmann) (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in China, Sociobiology, 2011, 58(2), 449-456.
11.Ke, Y. L., W. J. Wu, G. Y. Liu, Z. Q. Li. Genetic relationship between Coptotermesochraceus and Coptotermesformosanus ( Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Journal of Environmental Entomology,2016, 38(02): 341-347.

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