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ARE130 Paper 3 - The Effects Rodents have on Agriculture...

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The Effects Rodents have on Agriculture Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) discovered rodent damage management relates to world- wide agricultural production. Sustainable agriculture helps with the profitability of farms while preserving and protecting the environment in the process. Since Rodents are one of the most serious threats food production faces, it is obvious that we must do something to prevent this from happening. However, removing rodents from ecosystems is not always the best solution. The most common approaches to rodent population and damage management “have relied on direct reduction of populations using rodenticide baits or rodent traps and modifying the habitat to be less suitable for rodents.” The key to reducing rodent infestation is to cut them off from important resources such as food and nesting sites. Rodents are responsible for millions of dollars in damages to field crops, stored
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course ARE 130 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

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