2009b) and also possesses an efficient cellular encapsulation mechanism against the penetration of the fungal hyphae through the cuticle (Chouvenc et al.
2011), we demonstrated the importance of cellular encapsulation in R.
2009a), it should be possible to estimate the efficiency of the cellular encapsulation for each species.
The first objective of this study was to describe cellular encapsulation in 5 termite species and compare these observations with what was previously observed in R.
anisopliae revealed differences in the process of cellular encapsulation among the 6 tested species (Fig.
The survival trade-off value for Hodotermopsis sjoestedti was the highest among all tested species, which suggests that besides having large nodules, the cellular encapsulation was efficient for survivorship at a relatively low physiological cost in this large species.
It is therefore possible that the lack of successful encapsulation in this termite is a consequence of the environmental conditions this species evolved in, with a relatively low pathogenic pressure, which lead to the loss of an efficient immune reaction.
The cellular encapsulation of Prorhinotermes canalifrons was very similar in shape, size and intensity to R.