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THE WEEKLY TIMES | CSIRO research breakthrough on zinc phosphide dose


Research has finally backed up what farmers have been telling scientists for years: traditional mouse baits are not strong enough to control booming mouse populations.


Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has found doubling the amount of zinc phosphide in grain baits makes the poison much more effective.


CSIRO mouse expert Steve Henry told The Weekly Times the research came about through listening to farmers.


“(Farmers) were expressing concerns that in a lot of cases, they were putting out the bait and they weren’t seeing that it was effective,” Mr Henry said.


“Farmers on the Yorke Peninsula were doing up to four applications of bait and still not feeling that they had an effective knockdown.”


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