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.