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Rodent outbreaks: ecology and impacts

Rodent outbreaks: ecology and impacts

(2010) Rodent outbreaks: ecology and impacts. In: Singleton, Grant R., Belmain, Steve R. ORCID: 0000-0002-5590-7545, Brown, Peter R. and Hardy, Bill, (eds.) International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos, Philippines. ISBN 9789712202575

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The impacts of rodents in both developing and developed countries are legendary. Myths and dogma about rodents and their population outbreaks abound. They are imbedded in the culture and language of many societies. In many instances, it is the acceptance of these outbreaks by society that is our greatest challenge. The reason these episodic outbreaks become etched in the socio-cultural psyche from the sparsely populated uplands of Laos to the considerably more affluent agricultural lands of Europe is that the impacts are often staggering - economically, socially, and even politically. The book is a collation of contributions from Asia, Africa, Oceania (Australia and New Zealand), Europe, and North America. The advent of ecologically based rodent management has stimulated the progress summarized in this book. The contributions provide a modern appraisal to an age-old problem through a better understanding of the mechanisms that lead to rodent outbreaks, why rodent population numbers increase under different circumstances, and the impact of outbreaks in a range of different agroecosystems and native forests in different parts of the world. This is an encouraging progress report driven by scientists passionate about rodents, about people, about conservation, and about improving our knowledge of these species and the ecosystems they inhabit. And, in a novel twist, there is an appendix of recipes for preparing rat meat. You will be more than tempted to try one of these dishes the next time you travel in Asia or Africa.

Item Type: Edited Book
Additional Information: [1] In addition to being one of the co-editors of this collection of papers, Steve Belmain also contributed to the following: (introductory section) Rodent outbreaks: an age-old issue with a modern appraisal, G.R. Singleton, S.R. Belmain, and P.R. Brown; and the chapter, The Chittagong story: studies on the ecology of rat floods and bamboo masting, S.R. Belmain, N. Chakma, N.J. Sarker, S.U. Sarker, S.K. Sarker, and N.Q. Kamal. [2] The nucleus of this book was a conference held at IRRI in October 2009, titled "Impacts of rodent outbreaks on food security in Asia."
Uncontrolled Keywords: rodent, ecology, outbreak, bamboo masting, food security, pest management
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
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