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    STP680

    Evaluating Curb as a Crop Repellent to West African Bird Pests

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    Abstract

    Techniques for evaluating the efficacy of chemical repellents applied to crops against depredating birds are presented. Curb (aluminum ammonium sulfate) has shown promise as a repellent against several species of granivorous birds when applied to ripening cereals in West Africa. In all the trials, one treatment of 8 to 16 kg/ha protected the ripening grain of rice, millet, and sorghum for between one and two weeks, and, under particular conditions, two treatments gave protection throughout the maturational period.

    Keywords:

    Curb, repellent, quelea, birds, rice, sorghum, millet, Senegal (West Africa), Benin (West Africa), evaluation


    Author Information:

    Bruggers, RL
    Bird control specialist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations/United Nations Development Program (FAO/UNDP) Quelea Project, Dakar,


    Committee/Subcommittee: E35.17

    DOI: 10.1520/STP34973S