Managing crop damage caused by house mice (Mus domesticus) in Australia

Kaboodvandpour, Shahram and Leung, Luke K.-P. (2010) Managing crop damage caused by house mice (Mus domesticus) in Australia. Integrative Zoology, 5 1: 2-14. doi:10.1111/j.1749-4877.2010.00188.x


Author Kaboodvandpour, Shahram
Leung, Luke K.-P.
Title Managing crop damage caused by house mice (Mus domesticus) in Australia
Formatted title
Managing crop damage caused by house mice (Mus domesticus) in Australia
Journal name Integrative Zoology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1749-4877
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1749-4877.2010.00188.x
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 2
End page 14
Total pages 13
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
060208 Terrestrial Ecology
960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Formatted abstract
A large-scale outbreak of the house mouse populations occurs in grain growing in Australia on average once every four years. High densities of mice cause major yield losses to cereal crops, and low to moderate densities of mice also cause some losses. Several predictive models based on rainfall patterns have been developed to forecast mouse density. These models carry some uncertainty and the economic value of basing management actions on these models is not clear. Baiting is the most commonly used method and zinc phosphide and other rodenticide bait are effective in reducing up to 90% of mouse populations. Ecologically-based best farming practice for controlling mice has recently been developed on the basis of long-term field studies of mouse populations. No effective biological control method has been developed for mice. However, grain growers still cannot make economically rational decisions to implement control because they do not know the pest threshold density (DT) above which the economic benefits of control exceed the economic costs of control. Applied predator-prey theory suggests that understanding the relationship between mouse density and damage is the basis for determining DT. Understanding this relationship is the first research priority for managing mouse damage. The other research priority is to develop a reliable method to estimate unbiased mouse density.
Copyright © 1999–2011 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Keyword Australia
Crop damage
Mus domesticus
Threshold density
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 1 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 1 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Sun, 02 May 2010, 00:06:39 EST