Bat pest control contributes to food security in Thailand

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Bat pest control contributes to food security in Thailand. / Wanger, Thomas Cherico; Darras, Kevin; Bumrungsri, Sara et al.

in: Biological Conservation, Jahrgang 171, 03.2014, S. 220-223.

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Wanger TC, Darras K, Bumrungsri S, Tscharntke T, Klein AM. Bat pest control contributes to food security in Thailand. Biological Conservation. 2014 Mär;171:220-223. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.01.030

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title = "Bat pest control contributes to food security in Thailand",
abstract = "Sustainable rice production is critical to food security especially in Asia. Effective biocontrol of major rice pests such as the White-Backed Planthopper (Sogatella furcifera, Horv{\'a}th; WBP) is, hence, of eminent importance. We use newly compiled data from Thailand on the Wrinkle-Lipped Bat (Tadarida plicata, Buchanan), WBP distributions and an iterative modelling approach to quantify the importance of biological pest control by a common bat species on WBP. In Thailand, this single species interaction may prevent rice loss of almost 2,900 tons per year, which translates into a national economic value of more than 1.2. million USD or rice meals for almost 26,200 people annually. For the first time, our results show not only the critical importance of bat pest control services in economic terms, but also for sustaining food security. Thus, bat population decline as currently observed in Southeast Asia, will directly affect people by food and money. Functionally important populations, not just rare and endangered species, should be included in conservation management of human-dominated landscapes.",
keywords = "Ecosystems Research, Asia, Biological pest control, Integrated Pest Management, Rice production, White-Backed Planthopper, Wrinkle-Lipped Bat, Yield loss, Biology",
author = "Wanger, {Thomas Cherico} and Kevin Darras and Sara Bumrungsri and Teja Tscharntke and Klein, {Alexandra Maria}",
year = "2014",
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AU - Wanger, Thomas Cherico

AU - Darras, Kevin

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AU - Klein, Alexandra Maria

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N2 - Sustainable rice production is critical to food security especially in Asia. Effective biocontrol of major rice pests such as the White-Backed Planthopper (Sogatella furcifera, Horváth; WBP) is, hence, of eminent importance. We use newly compiled data from Thailand on the Wrinkle-Lipped Bat (Tadarida plicata, Buchanan), WBP distributions and an iterative modelling approach to quantify the importance of biological pest control by a common bat species on WBP. In Thailand, this single species interaction may prevent rice loss of almost 2,900 tons per year, which translates into a national economic value of more than 1.2. million USD or rice meals for almost 26,200 people annually. For the first time, our results show not only the critical importance of bat pest control services in economic terms, but also for sustaining food security. Thus, bat population decline as currently observed in Southeast Asia, will directly affect people by food and money. Functionally important populations, not just rare and endangered species, should be included in conservation management of human-dominated landscapes.

AB - Sustainable rice production is critical to food security especially in Asia. Effective biocontrol of major rice pests such as the White-Backed Planthopper (Sogatella furcifera, Horváth; WBP) is, hence, of eminent importance. We use newly compiled data from Thailand on the Wrinkle-Lipped Bat (Tadarida plicata, Buchanan), WBP distributions and an iterative modelling approach to quantify the importance of biological pest control by a common bat species on WBP. In Thailand, this single species interaction may prevent rice loss of almost 2,900 tons per year, which translates into a national economic value of more than 1.2. million USD or rice meals for almost 26,200 people annually. For the first time, our results show not only the critical importance of bat pest control services in economic terms, but also for sustaining food security. Thus, bat population decline as currently observed in Southeast Asia, will directly affect people by food and money. Functionally important populations, not just rare and endangered species, should be included in conservation management of human-dominated landscapes.

KW - Ecosystems Research

KW - Asia

KW - Biological pest control

KW - Integrated Pest Management

KW - Rice production

KW - White-Backed Planthopper

KW - Wrinkle-Lipped Bat

KW - Yield loss

KW - Biology

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