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Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI)
Federal Research Institute
for Cultivated Plants

Head
apl. Prof. Dr. Johannes Hallmann

Address
Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig, Germany

Office
Martina Ernst | Andrea Haberle-Kappei
Tel: +49(0)3946 47-6101
Fax: +49(0)3946 47-6106
ep@  julius-kuehn.  de

-Branch Office Münster-
Toppheideweg 88
48161 Münster
Phone: +49 (0)251 87106-45
Contact person:
jens.jacob@  julius-kuehn.  de

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Rodent research

Rodents are important components of agro-ecosystems, forests and urban areas. We study the ecology, distribution and functional relevance of rodent populations that matter in plant protection.

On one hand, rodents can cause considerable damage to crops such as common voles during outbreaks that require suitable management action. On the other hand, the use of plant protection products can lead to exposure of non-target rodents (e.g. hamster, wood mouse, garden dormouse) and rodent management may pose a risk to non-target taxa. We pursue both avoiding damage by rodents and protecting non-target species from unwanted effects.

Norway rat and bait station.

Measures to regulate rodent populations are necessary if they damage crops, stored goods like grain, buildings, cables etc. or if there is a risk for the health of humans or livestock because of the potential transmission of zoonotic pathogens. Damage can lead to massive loss of crops and stored goods in agriculture, forestry, horticulture, fruit and vegetable growing.
We quest for ecologically safe and economically sensible management strategies that keep damage by rodents at an acceptable level and minimize unwanted effects of management on non-target rodents and other taxa.
We consider biological, mechanical and chemical measures, take into account environmental variation, for example climate, and land use. We develop forecast models for the prediction of outbreaks of relevant rodents.
Our involvement in national and international committees is essential for scientific exchange.

Scientists working in this field