Sokoine University of Agriculture

Mice, rats, and people: the bio-economics of agricultural rodent pests

Show simple item record Stenseth, Nils Chr Leirs, Herwig Skonhoft, Anders Davis, Stephen A Pech, Roger P Andreassent, Harry P Singleton, Grant R. Lima, Mauricio Machang'u, Robert S Makundi, Rhodes H Zhang, Zhibin Brown, Peter R Shi, Dazhao Wan, Xinrong 2016-12-02T12:11:46Z 2016-12-02T12:11:46Z 2003
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dc.description.abstract Mice, rats, and other rodents threaten food production and act as reservoirs for disease throughout the world. In Asia aldne, the rice loss every year caused by rodents could feed about 200 million people. Damage to crops in Africa and South America is equally dramatic. Rodent control often comes too late, is inefficient, or is considered too expensive. Using the multimammate mouse (Mastomys natalensis) in Tanzania and the house mouse (Mus domesticus) in southeastern Australia as primary case studies, we demonstrate how ecology and economics can be combined to identify management strategies to make rodent control work more efficiently than it does today. Three more rodent-pest systems - including two from Asia, the rice-field rat (Rattus argentiventer) and Brandt's vole (Microtus brandti), and one from I South America, the leaf-eared mouse (Phyllotis darwini) - are presented within the same bio-economic per- spective. For all these species, the ability to relate outbreaks to interannual climatic variability creates the potential to assess the economic benefits of forecasting rodent outbreaks. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Wiley en_US
dc.subject Mice en_US
dc.subject Rats en_US
dc.subject agricultural rodent pests en_US
dc.subject bio-economics en_US
dc.subject Food production en_US
dc.title Mice, rats, and people: the bio-economics of agricultural rodent pests en_US
dc.type Article en_US
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