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Termites 'unsung heroes' of African savannah

26 May, 2010 - 17:11 GMT
Soldier termite patrolling a piece of fungal comb removed from a mound

Termites are the unsung heroes of the African savannah, according to a study published in the Public Library of Science journal (PLoS).

The study found that due to the ways termites modify the soil, their mounds are hotspots of plant and animal productivity.

Dr Paul Eggleton is a termite expert at the Natural History Museum in London.

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First broadcast 26 May 2010