Research Biotica, Volume 6, Issue 1 : 01-06. Doi : 10.54083/ResBio/6.1.2024/01-06
Review Article

Published on : 25-Jan-2024

Feeding and Reproductive Ecology of Rodents: A Review

  • K. Sindhura Bhairavi
  • Dept. of Entomology, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam (785 013), India
  • Ratul Kumar Borah
  • Dept. of Entomology, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam (785 013), India
  • Badal Bhattacharyya
  • Dept. of Entomology, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam (785 013), India
  • Shimantini Borkataki
  • Dept. of Entomology, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam (785 013), India

Abstract

Rodents are the most populous and widespread vertebrate pest of agriculture. It is a major cause of crop losses in fields and storage grains resulting in huge economic losses annually. Despite its huge economic importance, little is known about the pest in terms of its habitat, feeding habits, reproduction patterns and population dynamics. Due to the lack of proper knowledge, rodents are one of the most difficult pests to control in the agro-ecosystems. The management practices that exist are mostly chemo-centric and are often unreliable in controlling the populations. Hence, to develop efficient management strategies, it is important to gain a better insight into the ecology of rodents, both feeding and reproductive. This paper attempts to discuss the feeding and reproductive ecology of rodents, specifically but not limited to the agro-ecosystem.

Keywords

Feeding ecology, Pest management, Reproductive ecology, Rodents, Vertebrate pest

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