Type: Chapter

Control of rodent pests in rice cultivation


P. R. Brown


B. Douangboupha

National Agricultural and Forestry Research Institute

N. M. Htwe


J. Jacob

Julius Kuhn Institute

L. Mulungu

Sokoine University of Agriculture

N. T. My Phung

Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development


Publication date:

31 May 2017

ID: 9781838792480

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Rodents cause significant damage to rice crops at all stages. The intensity of rice cropping and the level of asynchrony of cropping affects the level of rodent losses. It is important to understand the biology of rodent species causing damage in order to develop appropriate management strategies. This chapter examines the impact of rodents on rice and comprehensively surveys physical, chemical, biocontrol-based and other methods of rodent management. Case studies of ecologically based rodent management in Vietnam, Laos and Tanzania form the background to the chapter’s assessment of the future for control of rodents and other vertebrate pests affecting rice production.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Rodent impacts on rice
3 Rodent pests of rice and their biology
4 Rodent management methods
5 Case studies of management of rats in rice
6 Other vertebrate pests in rice
7 Future trends and conclusion
8 Where to look for further information
9 References