S K Majumder
Articles written in Proceedings – Animal Sciences
Volume 87 Issue 6 June 1978 pp 137-144
The garden snail
Volume 88 Issue 3 June 1979 pp 163-169
Rodent population is mostly related to the ecological conditions in rural dwellings. Each dwelling has its own ecosystem. Mainly population size depends on the varied habitats, food sources and status of sanitation existing in the premises. A methodology has been described to quantitate the above data. The parameters so fixed are not only useful for the assessment of populations, but also for evolving a strategy for effective and successful rodent control.
Volume 97 Issue 2 March 1988 pp 161-167
The organic, acetic and sorbic acids at 1% level were fed to albino rats and Indian desert gerbils in whole and broken maize corn. The gerbils were highly sensitive to maize treated with organic acids. The reproduction studies showed that the gerbils had more number of abnormalities with regard to the young ones. The sorbic acid treated maize possessed a teratogenic potential and it induced cannibalism. In case of albino rats no such abnormalities were found. However, abortion, delayed gestation period and cannibalism were common. Based on the data obtained it was postulated that the gerbils could be used as alternatives to albino rats in toxicological studies.