Rodent pest species are persistently damaging food crops, globally it means an enormous loss of $2 trillion annually, on average it is a 10% crop loss globally. It also means an immense waste of resources utilized to produce this damaged crop.
To safeguard local food supplies an immediate priority is to control the loss of the current harvest by drastically reducing rodent damage. Both in the field and in storage. At the same time, it is essential to combat rodent vectored diseases, which amount to over 60 different diseases. For example, the Lassa-and Hanta viruses are brought by rodents.
To date rodent control largely relies on synthetic rodenticides, but these are harmful to environment and rats are developing more and more resistance to them. A game changer is needed.