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Laboratory evaluation of germinated and non-germinated bait base for the management of the house rat, Rattus rattus

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Author(s): Palaniyandi Sakthivel

Journal: African Zoology
ISSN 1562-7020

Volume: 46;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: bromadiolone | germinated grains | Rattus rattus | zinc phosphide

ABSTRACT
Germinated and non germinated cereals (paddy, Oryza sativa; pearl millet, Pennisetum typhoides; and ragi, Eleusine coracana) and pulses (green gram, Phaseolus aureus; black gram, Phaseolus mungo; and Bengal gram, Cicer arietinum) were evaluated to determine their suitability as a bait base for zinc phosphide and bromadiolone for controlling Rattus rattus.  Two-choice and multiple choice experiments were conducted using ten animals of mixed sex for each experiment to compare bait preference of germinated and non germinated grains.. The results of the two-choice tests revealed that both germinated cereals and pulses were preferred to non germinated by the test animals. The differences between the quantities consumed were statistically significant (p

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