Jump-Starting Urban Rat Research: Conspecific Pheromones Recruit Wild Rats into a Behavioral and Pathogen-Monitoring Assay

@inproceedings{Parsons2015JumpStartingUR,
  title={Jump-Starting Urban Rat Research: Conspecific Pheromones Recruit Wild Rats into a Behavioral and Pathogen-Monitoring Assay},
  author={Michael H Parsons and Ronald J. Sarno and Michael A. Deutsch},
  booktitle={Front. Ecol. Evol.},
  year={2015}
}
Wild rats, Rattus spp, have adapted so well to urbanization that humans may be obligatory to their survival. Consequently, rats foul human food sources, predate threatened fauna and serve as reservoirs for disease, costing the US economy $19 billion in losses year -1. Urban rat ecology however, remains vastly unexplored because these animals are cryptic, crepuscular, difficult to identify, and hazardous to handle. Additionally, the high-rise buildings that block satellite link-ups, underground… CONTINUE READING

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