Studies were conducted to determine the abundance, distribution and soil amendment by Macrotermes bellicosus and their potential as protein supplement in poultry feed. Four Local Government Areas of Kebbi State namely; Danko/Wasagu, Bagudo, Shanga and Augie were selected for the studies. Mound-building termites were collected randomly from mounds, within the study area for identification. Mounds were counted manually; while, height, basal circumference, distance between neighboring mounds was measured with measuring tape and shapes of mounds were observed. Soil properties were equally analyzed using standard methods. Termite population was estimated by counting individual termites per mound. Feeding trials were conducted; a commercial diet was compared with two other diets; fishmeal diet and termite supplemented diet. Each treatment was replicated four times, in a Complete Randomized Design (CRD). Mounds between 0-1.49m heights in dry land had more termites with average of abundance of 10,874 termites when compared with wet land having mean abundance of 8.875.5 termites per mound. Mound soils have more calcium (1.01mg) and phosphorous (1.23mg) than surrounding soils (0.96mg).
Hassan Ajayi, Shindi
The Author was born 1972 in Danko/ Wasagu LGA of Kebbi State, Nigeria. He obtained NCE from ABU, Zaria (1991); B. Sc; M.Sc and PhD. from UDUS. He published journal papers. He is a member of Entomology Society of Nigeria and Teachers’ Registration Council. He is a Chief Lecturer and HOD CPT, College of Agriculture Zuru Kebbi State. Happily married.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Abundance, distribution, soil, amendment, MACROTERMES BELLICOSUS, Potentials, Protein, Supplement, Poultry, feed
SCIENCE / Zoology