Holding back a torrent of rats.

  title={Holding back a torrent of rats.},
  author={Dennis Normile},
  volume={327 5967},
806 C R E D IT : G R A N T S IN G L E T O N A “RAT FLOOD.” THAT’S WHAT THE TRIBES IN BANGLADESH’S CHITTAGONG Hill Tracts call it. Every 48 years, the bamboo forests that dominate the uplands of Bangladesh, Northeast India, and Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) simultaneously produce a feast of pear-sized fruit that allows rat populations to explode. After consuming the fruit, the rodents attack nearby fields, devouring 50% to 100% of the rice crop. Rat floods caused famine in 1863, 1911, and… CONTINUE READING