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Victoria Ngowo, Loth Mulungu, Jens Lodal, Rhodes Makundi, Apia Massawe and Herwig Leirs (2005)

Evaluation of thiram and cinnamamide for protection of maize seeds against multimammate mice, Mastomys natalensis, in Tanzania

BELGIAN JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 135(S1):179-181.

dFarmers in Tanzania consider rodents to be the major vertebrate pest of maize, especially at planting and seedling stages and annual losses are high. We evaluated the potential of two seed-dressing compounds, thiram and cinnamamide, as rodent repellents to protect maize against damage by multimammate rats, Mastomys natalensis. In laboratory tests, the two compounds showed a strong repellent effect against M. natalensis and thus the potential to protect maize seeds. The two compounds were evaluated in maize fields using Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with three replications. The results show that these repellents are effective for protecting maize seeds against multimammate rats in the field, but in locations with high population of Tatera leucogster, seedlings are still damaged after emergence. Therefore, in such locations, other control Measures, including application of rodenticides just before seedling emergence may be necessary.

cinnamamide; economic loss; Mastomys natalensis; repellents; Tatera leocogoster; thiram; seed predation
BJZ

ISSN 2295-0451 (online version)
ISSN 0777-6279 (printed version)
impact factor 2015: 0,87.

Editor-in-Chief:
Prof. Dr. Isa Schön
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Vautierstraat 29
1000 Brussels, Belgium

 



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