Of rice and rats: An introduction to ecologically based rodent management

Rodents have played a central role in human life for thousands of years, and comprise perhaps the most important family of mammals. This video, produced by the Irrigated Rice Research Consortium (IRRC; irri.org ) features the impacts of rodents on people and rice crops, particularly in Southeast Asia. The concept of ecologically based rodent management (EBRM) is explained, and effective community actions to control rice field rats are suggested. Also see: * Rodent outbreaks: Ecology and impacts on Google Books: books.google.com * Rat busters, an article in Rice Today magazine: irri.org Partial script: Rodents are a nuisance to most people, annoying pests that eat and spoil our clothes and food and destroy our homes and highly valued personal belongings. They intrude on our personal space. Unfortunately, rodents are everywhere, except for the snow-covered regions of the world. A select subset of species has become the ultimate mammalian weed, living in almost every habitat on Earth. They adapt well to environments significantly altered by humans. There are more than 2270 species of rodents; 42% of all mammal species are classified as rodents. Surprisingly, only 10% of the different species of rodents are pests in agriculture. Majority play an important role in the food chain. In some cases, they become important engineers of the ecosystem. Their burrows and trails influence the flow of water and nutrients at a local scale. Their collection and hoarding of seeds in a forest <b>…</b>

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