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Loth Mulungu

Sokoine University of Agriculture


Rodent Pest Species Control Management Rodent Behaviour Ecology Crop Loss ecologically based rodent management (EBRM)

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About the book

Pests contribute to huge quantities of food losses every year and rodents are arguably one of the most damaging. They have long been the scourge of smallholder farmers throughout the world. The impact of rodent outbreaks is directly connected to food shortages in many countries. Environmental factors such as rainfall can cause rodent outbreaks, but these outbreaks are mostly localized in some ecological areas.

The understanding of the mechanism of rodent outbreaks, the ecology and biology is fundamental for successful rodent pest management. This book will be a collection of contributions from different areas of the world, and the focus will be on the concept of ecologically based rodent management (EBRM). It will provide a better understanding of the mechanisms that lead to rodent outbreaks, why rodent population numbers increase under different agroecosystems and the impact of outbreaks in different agroecosystems. This book will be a valuable source of knowledge for many scientists in the area of rodent ecology, biology, management, conservation, and will improve the knowledge of these species and the ecosystems they inhabit.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: October 21st 2019

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Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline Extended: Open for Submissions

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: January 10th 2020

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Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: March 30th 2020

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Expected publication date: May 29th 2020

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About the editor

Loth Mulungu

Sokoine University of Agriculture

My research interest is in pest management and Ecology for both invertebrates and vertebrate pests. Generally, pests cause serious agricultural and health problems for people. Studying the ecology and biology of pests can lead to significant improvements in the way we/farmers manage pests. Ecologically-based rodent management (EBRM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) are increasingly seen as more sustainable, both economically and environmentally, than the traditional use of synthetic poisons. One of the big problems in developing better pest management strategies is to understand their true impact on people’s livelihoods. Although many farmers will understand that many pest species have problems and damage their field crops, stored food and personal possessions, awareness among farmers about the level and scope of damage is often underestimated. As an expert, researcher and a trainer academician at Sokoine University of Agriculture, I have worked extensively investigating various pest species’ ecology, conservation and management. I am the author of over ninety papers in refereed scientific journals and books, and have made many contributions to symposia, conference proceedings and international scientific meetings.

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