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Table 5 Estimates of CH4 and CO2 fluxes from termites in the rangelands

From: Greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sink potential in Eastern Africa rangeland ecosystems: A review

Species CH4 flux, μg CH4 g termite−1 h−1 CO2 flux, mg CO2 g termite−1 h−1 Source
Cubitermes fungifaber 7.68 0.17 ± 0.06 Brauman et al. (1992)
Trinervitermes rhodesiensis 2.88 0.75 ± 0.42 Brauman et al. (1992)
Pseudacanthotermes militaris 14.08 ± 4.5 0.953 Rouland et al. (1993)
Pseudacanthotermes spiniger 6.72 ± 1.6 0.466 Rouland et al. (1993)
Macrotermes bellicosus 6.72 ± 1.6 1.119 Rouland et al. (1993)
Termitidae Tumulitermes hastilis 1.0 5.5 Jamali et al. (2013)
  1. The measurements of emissions of methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) gases are in microgramme (μg) of CH4 and CO2 gas per termite per hour (CH4 and CO2 flux, μg CO2 g termite−1 h−1). Data synthesized from few termite species of the world