PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering

PHOTOS: Rat Attack in India Set Off by Bamboo Flowering
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Zoologist Ken Aplin (center) and colleagues examine preserved heads of rats captured in Mizoram's bamboo forest and agricultural fields in 2008.

Aplin was interested to learn how quickly the rodents had started to breed after bamboo fruit production began. He found the rats began reproducing immediately, four or five months earlier than in a normal year. By monitoring when the bamboo seed is produced, it may be possible in the future to predict damage and target aid.

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