The foraging behaviour of the Black rat (Rattus rattus) within Australian macadamia orchards

Elmouttie, David, Horskins, Kerrilee, & Wilson, John (2009) The foraging behaviour of the Black rat (Rattus rattus) within Australian macadamia orchards. Australian Journal of Crop Science, 3(6), pp. 361-366.

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The black rat (Rattus rattus) has been shown to be the primary species responsible for causing significant crop losses within the Australian macadamia industry. This species success within macadamia orchards is directly related to the flexibility expressed in its foraging behaviour. In this paper a conceptual foraging model is presented which proposes that the utilisation of resources by rodents within various components of the system is related not only to their relative abundance, but also to predator avoidance behaviour. Nut removal from high predation risk habitats during periods of low resource abundance in low risk compartments of the system is considered an essential behaviour that allows high rodent densities to be maintained throughout the year.

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ID Code: 28896
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This item is also freely available online via the Official URL.
Keywords: rodent, foraging, nut removal, macadamia, habitat utilisation, Rattus rattus
ISSN: 1835-2693
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > CROP AND PASTURE PRODUCTION (070300)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Biogeoscience
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Southern Cross Journals
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2009 00:39
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:04

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