Rodent Outbreaks: Ecology and Impact

Grant Singleton, Steve Belmain, Peter Brown, Bill Hardy

Population outbreaks of rodents in the rice-cropping systems of Asia have escalated. There has been precious little formal documentation of the factors that lead to rodent population outbreaks, their impacts, and the successes and failures of management actions, particularly in developing countries. The authors bring together in this publication a more complete picture of rodent outbreaks and their implications. The book examines case studies of the recent rodent outbreaks in Asia with a view to drawing generalities. However, an added strength of the book is that it goes beyond the rice ecosystems of Asia and ventures into other ecosystems in Australia, New Zealand, East Africa, Europe, and North America, to allow readers to compare the factors that generate outbreaks of rodent populations on five continents.