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Mammalian pheromones and their use in pest control (Previously PV0304) - VC0401

Description
VC0401. Mammalian pheromones and their use in pest control.

This study will aim to identify the significance of pheromones used by mammal pests and investigate the potential use of these chemical signals for improving control of mice and coypu. The study will be composed of the following 2 objectives: 1. Investigation of the mechanism and function of scent marking in mouse territories as a basis for devizing improved control techniques; and 2. Investigation of the attractiveness of female coypu urine (at different gestation stages) to male coypu. This work will further understanding of animal behaviour and communication using olfactory signals and could result in the design of novel approaches to attractants in pest control.
Objective
To investigate the mechanism and function of scent marking in mouse territories as a basis for devising improved control techniques. To investigate the attractiveness of female coypu urine at different gestation stages to males.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1995

Cost: £342,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
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Fields of Study
Wildlife Management