Recently in Australia a mice outbreak has disrupted crop production and infested farmlands. Southern Australia, as shown in the figure below, is the most affected region from the outbreak. With costs reaching substantial balances of upwards to three hundred million dollars in losses of agricultural production, researchers were able to compare the map of both the region of the outbreak of mice to a map showing the most prominent crop grown in that region to conclude which type of crop the mice are most attracted to. In the Southeastern region of Australia, grain crops were found to be the most abundantly grown therefore reaching conclusions that the mice are most attracted to the grain. As well as the specific type of crop attracting these mice, researchers have also analyzed climate maps of the Southeastern region to find that as the climate grows hotter and hotter, the mice population grows more. At the same time of the most severe outbreak, climate maps proved that higher temperature and record-low rainfall years prompted the outbreak for mice cannot survive as well in cold, damp climates. Through this evidence, researchers can promote artificial climates for these fields of infested crops.
O'Rourke, J. "Farmers' bane returns". The Sydney Morning Herald- Environment. October 2011. p. NA
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