The genesis of this book was a common concern on the lack of progress in rodent pest management over the past 20 years in both developing countries and elsewhere. This has occurred despite the advent in the 1970s of sophisticated chemical rodenticides and effective strategies for their use. What has been lacking is a solid understanding of the biology, behaviour and habitat use of the respective species we are attempting to manage. This book has four broad aims: to raise the profile of the importance of basic research for developing effective, applied management of rodent pest; to argue the need for an ecologically-based approach; to raise the profile of rodent pest management in developing countries and to spark interest in prospective students in a challenging but rewarding field of endeavour.
Table of contents
1. Ecologically-based Management of Rodent Pests—Re-evaluating Our Approach to an Old Problem
2. Current Paradigms of Rodent Population Dynamics—What Are We Missing?
3. The Behaviour and Ecology of Rattus norvegicus: from Opportunism to Kamikaze Tendencies
4. Models for Predicting Plagues of House Mice (Mus domesticus) in Australia
5. Rodent–Ecosystem Relationships: a Review
6. The Role of Rodents in Emerging Human Disease: Examples from the Hantaviruses and Arenaviruses
7. Rodenticides—Their Role in Rodent Pest Management in Tropical Agriculture
8. Physical Control of Rats in Developing Countries
9. Ecological Management of Brandt’s Vole (Microtus brandti) in Inner Mongolia, China
10. Biological Control of Rodents—the Case for Fertility Control Using Immunocontraception
11. Urban Rodent Control Programs for the 21st Century
12. Rodent Pest Management in Agricultural Ecosystems in China
13. Rodent Pest Management in the Qinghai-Tibet Alpine Meadow Ecosystem
14. Ecologically-Based Population Management of the Rice-Field Rat in Indonesia
15. Population Ecology and Management of Rodent Pests in the Mekong River Delta, Vietnam
16. Rodent Management in Thailand
17. Farmer Participatory Research on Rat Management in Cambodia
18. Rodents in Agriculture in the Lao PDR—a Problem with an Unknown Future
19. Populations of African Rodents: Models and the Real World
20. Ecophysiology and Chronobiology Applied to Rodent Pest Management in Semi-arid Agricultural Areas in Sub-Saharan West Africa
21. The Rodent Problem in Madagascar: Agricultural Pest and Threat to Human Health
22. Rodent Pest Management in East Africa—an Ecological Approach
23. Ecologically-based Rodent Management in Developing Countries: Where to Now?
Citation: Singleton G, Hinds L, Leirs H, Zhang Z. ed. 1999. Ecologically-based management of rodent pests. ACIAR Monograph No. 59, 494p.