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The control of rodent damage in Australian macadamia orchards by manipulation of adjacent non-crop habitats

White,J, Horskins,K and Wilson,J 1998, The control of rodent damage in Australian macadamia orchards by manipulation of adjacent non-crop habitats, Crop protection, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 353-357, doi: 10.1016/S0261-2194(98)00028-3.

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Title The control of rodent damage in Australian macadamia orchards by manipulation of adjacent non-crop habitats
Author(s) White,JORCID iD for White,J orcid.org/0000-0002-7375-5944
Horskins,K
Wilson,J
Journal name Crop protection
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 353
End page 357
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 1998-06
ISSN 0261-2194
Summary  Habitat manipulation was used as a management strategy for the control of rodent (Rattus rattus) damage in Australian macadamia orchard systems. Large, temporally stable non-crop habitats were converted to highly modified grasslands. These sites were manipulated by removing all non-crop vegetation over 10 cm in height to a distance of approximately 20 m from the orchard. Regrowth was controlled by the application of herbicide. The total cost of the habitat manipulation was $AUD 292 per site. Manipulation resulted in a reduction in damage of 65% within the associated orchards. This reduction in rodent damage resulted in a saving of $AUD 980 per site. Therefore habitat manipulation was cost-effective and is a viable startegy for the control of rodent damage in Australian macadamia orchard systems.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0261-2194(98)00028-3
Field of Research 050103 Invasive Species Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 820206 Macadamias
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©1998, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30068257

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