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For many, termites are pests associated only with damage to homes and other structures. While termites can be pests which negatively impact human-made structures, they are also a natural part of many ecosystems. Scientists in Chew On This! attempt to quantify the role termites have in forest decomposition in the Southern United States compared to other forest decomposers. Paired with this article is a 1978 Forest Service article which details the costs to homeowners associated with termite damage in the Southern United States. Together, these two articles illustrate how research surrounding a topic develops over time.

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