Small carnivores and integrated pest management

A research program dealing with conservation and production: "Investigating the role of small carnivores in controlling rodent populations in oil palm plantations in Indonesia".

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The research aims to investigate the role of small carnivore communities (eg. wild cats, civets, mongooses) for the regulation of rodent populations in oil palm plantations, and to document the potential of oil palm landscapes for conservation of small carnivores. Specifically we aim to assess the variations of small carnivore distribution and diet according to landscape and practices, and complementarities with barn owl predation.


Indonesia (Sumatra and Bangka)


This research program is the support for the PhD Thesis of Aude Verwilghen from Cirad’s Tree Crop-Based Systems Research Unit (Montpellier, France).

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The project has been initiated by Cirad (UR Performance of Tree Crop-Based Systems),  Smart Research Institute (Smartri) and Université de Franche-Comté (UFC/CNRS, UMR Chrono-Environnement), in collaboration with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Center for Biology and Management of Populations, France (CBGP), and the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France (MNHN).

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