How do Termites digest Wood?
Oddly enough, termites cannot digest the wood they eat. The termites chew and swallow the wood, and the protozoans digest it...
Termites are small, ant-like insects that eat nearly anything made of wood. Oddly enough, they cannot digest the wood they eat. Termites have formed a remarkable partnership with tiny creatures called "protozoans," which live in the termites' intestines. The termites chew and swallow the wood, and the protozoans digest it, changing the wood into food that both the termite and the protozoans can use. Forest termites serve a useful purpose by cleaning away dead wood. But termites that live near man cause much damage by destroying houses and barns.
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