All India Network Project on Vertebrate Pest Management

ICAR - Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur

A. Rodent Control

  • Rodent population ecology and pestilence in cropping systems mode in different agro-ecological regions including hills, islands and tribal areas.
  • Monitoring rodent biodiversity vis a vis diversification of agriculture, urbanization, Farming system approaches, climate change, etc.
  • Rodent problem and their management under pressurized irrigation systems, polyhouse and peri-urban agriculture and post-harvest rodent management.
  • IRPM strategies with major emphasis on non-lethal approaches.
  • Basic behavioural studies on population résilience vis a vis Habitat Manipulation and toxicology of rodenticides.
  • Technical support to DAC for capacity building, Awareness creation of stakeholders and anti-rodent campaigns.
  • Human resource development on rodent management.
  • Consultancy and advisory services to Farm and non-farm sectors.

B. Agricultural Ornithology

  • Monitoring of Bird population (dynamics, community Structure in relation to crop and extent of crop damage) in Agricultural landscape.
  • Use of GIS and Remote sensing tools for evaluation of bird roosting sites, habitat suitability index & impact in relation to different cropping system.
  • Development and evaluation of eco-friendly bird management practices for crop protection / production.
  • Exploitation of Beneficial birds in suppression of insect / rodent pests.
  • Impact of birds in Pisciculture & their management.
  • Demonstration of usefulness of bird management technologies in farmer’s fields
  • Impact of Climate/weather change on Avian - Fauna and studies on the Bird Community Structure in GM and non GM Crops.
  • Studies on Meta – genomics of bird fecal matter for identification of useful Virus & Bacteria to suppress insect pest of crops.

C. Higher Vetebrate

  • Status and general distribution of major problematic species, like Neelgai; wild boar and monkey in different agro climatic regions of the country.
  • Spatial distribution with reference to crops/ cropping patterns in different agro climatic regions
  • Population dynamics and social behavior of the target species
  • Habitat preference and utilization patterns for identification of hot spot areas/ crops
  • Assessment of crop damage in different agro climatic regions
  • Food and feeding behavior in relation to habitat/cropping pattern
  • Identification and documentation of existing traditional management (ITKs) practices
  • Evaluation and development of eco-friendly management strategies