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An investigation of the rat pest problem in Queensland canefields: 3. Laboratory experiments on food intake and toxicity

McDougall, W.A. (1944) An investigation of the rat pest problem in Queensland canefields: 3. Laboratory experiments on food intake and toxicity. Queensland Journal of Agricultural Science, 1 (3). pp. 1-32.

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Methods for the initial cage test evaluation of bait bases, poisons, poisoned foods and baits for Queensland canefield rats are described. Mean standard intake and median lethal dose, either singly or conjointly, are used as criteria. Whole grain, such as that of wheat or oats, is the most efficient food bait base. Thallous sulphate and yellow phosphorous are considered to be suitable poisons. Arsenic, barium carbonate, barium chloride, red squill, and strychnine are unsatisfactory for various reasons. The addition of flavourings and/or attractants does not increase the intake or a particular poisoned food by individual rats; this can be varied only by altering the poison strength.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Subjects:Science > Zoology > Chordates. Vertebrates > Mammals
Plant culture > Field crops > Sugar plants
Plant pests and diseases
Plant pests and diseases > Individual or types of plants or trees > Sugarcane
Plant culture > Economic zoology applied to crops. Agricultural zoology
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