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      Rattus rattus ; food preferences; textwal effects; black rats

    • Abstract


      Black rats,Rattus rattus L., poisoned with 0·02%zinc phosphide in whole lentil (Lens esculenta) or green gram (Phaseolus aureus) did not accept their whole grains again (bait-shyness). No similar aversion was, however, shown to husked grains of lentil or green gram.

      Apparently alternative textural states of the two pulses have distinctive tastes, and hence poisoning in one form (whole grains) does not affect the preference for the other form (husked grains). It is thus possible to avoid ‘bait-shyness’ by using whole and then husked grains of suck pulses for poisoning this pest.

    • Author Affiliations


      Devendra Bhardwaj1 Jamil Ahmad Khan1

      1. Zoology Department, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202001
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