Rate of increase as a function of rainfall for house mouse Mus domesticus populations in a cereal-growing region in southern Australia

Mouse plagues are a significant problem to agricultural areas of Australia, causing millions of dollars of damage. This study was conducted to determine if rainfall could explain the occurrence of mouse plagues.

On average, data on mouse abundance were collected every month, using mark-release-recapture techniques, from the Victorian Mallee cereal-growing region, from February 1983 to October 1994. No data were collected from December 1990 to September 1992. Three plagues of mice occurred during these 12 years. We examined the rate of increase of mouse populations as a function of antecedent rainfall.

Author Brown, P. R. and Singleton, G. R.
Date null
Year 1999
Secondary title Journal of Applied Ecology
Volume 36
Number 4
Publisher British Ecological Society
Pages 484
Notes Notes
ISBN/ISSN DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2664.1999.00422.x
Region Australia - national
Links https://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2664.1999.00422.x