• Food preference studies of the larger bandicoot rat,Bandicota indica (Bechstein)

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      Food preferences; cereals; pulses; oils; calorie intake; best bait; Bandicota indica

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      The food preferences of the South-Asian commensal rat,Bandicota indica were studied to evolve a suitable bait for control. Amongst cereals clear preference towards rice in its whole/divided form was evident. Amongst additives 7\2-10% groundnut oil enhanced bait intake significantly while 2% salt and sugar did not influence the rat’s diet choice. The results indicate whole/broken rice mixed with 7\2-10% groundnut oil as the most attractive bait for poisoningB. indica.

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      Shakunthala Sridhara1 K Srihari1

      1. Department of Vertebrate Biology, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK Campus, Bangalore - 560 065, India
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