• Laboratory evaluation of bait base for the control of sand coloured rat,Rattus gleadowi

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      Bait preference; Rattus gleadowi

    • Abstract


      SinceRattus gleadowi replacesMeriones hurrianae andTatera indica after a control operation, studies were planned on the bait preferences of this minor pest species. Results tend to reveal that bajra (Pennisetum typhoides) whole grain, bajra flour and wheat grain +2% arachis oil may be used as effective poison carriers for this sand coloured rat. Additives like sugar and salt did not improve the palatability of the candidate bait material. Average energy requirement of experimental rodents ranges from 70·9 Kj/100 g body wt/24 hr in multiple choice tests to 72·6 Kj/100 g body wt/24 hr in single choice tests.

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      Mohd Idris1 A P Jain1 B K Soni1

      1. Coordinating and Monitoring Centre for Rodent Research and Training, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur - 342 003, India
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