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Advances in understanding rodent pests affecting cereal grains

Code: 9781786767608
Peter R. Brown, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity, Australia; Grant R. Singleton, International Rice Research Institute, The Philippines; Steven R. Belmain, Natural Resources Institute (NRI) – University of Greenwich, UK; Nyo Me Htwe, Plant Protection Division – Myanma Agriculture Service, Myanmar; Loth Mulungu, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania; Mashaka Mdangi, Ministry of Agriculture, Tanzania; and Regino Cavia, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Chapter synopsis: Post-harvest losses by rodents are estimated to be similar as for pre-harvest losses; somewhere from 0.25% to 25% or more, but generally considered to average around 5-10%, which is similar to the level of post-harvest losses caused by insects. There have been very few studies measuring post-harvest rodent damage and losses. The main pests are the widespread commensal rodent species. Rodents cause direct losses by consuming grain, but they also spoil grain (contamination with hair, urine and faeces), and expose grains to further mould or insect damage. There is a risk of transfer of diseases and zoonoses to humans and livestock. Rodents damage infrastructure such as the warehouses and stores themselves, but also cables and water pipes. There is little information about the ecology of the main rodent pest species in grain stores. Therefore, this remains an important research topic to improve management recommendations about the timing and location of control strategies.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0072.04
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Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Impact of rodents on stored grain 3 Rodent pest species and their biology 4 Types of rodent damage 5 Strategies to reduce rodent damage 6 Case studies 7 Conclusion 8 Future trends in research 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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