Human beings modify ecosystems to maximise benefits from natural resources and as a result wildlife adapts ecological relationships. For instance, voles show multiannual population cycles and predators respond numerically, possibly limiting vole populations. Voles also damage crops and reduce food available for livestock. Subsequently, farmers respond using anticoagulant rodenticides to control voles. That means indirect control of predators by secondary exposure or by reduction of food sources. Therefore, anticoagulant rodenticides will be acting analogously as a superpredator, impeding the natural autoregulation of vole populations.
In this project our international team want to study this system by combining multidisciplinary and intersectoral knowledge. We will try to understand the effects of anticoagulant rodenticides and predation as tools for pest control. We combine academic and non-academic partners to promote research and dissemination of results to the public. We will also work hand-in-hand with farmers, stakeholders, etc. about vole populations in western Europe.
For more information about Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), click here. We have good experience with these actions and we can help you with future proposals. See for instance a participation of Javier in a workshop conducted in June 2016 to help in the preparation of proposals (click here).