Review the literature and current state of the conflict between fruit growers and Pteropodids and describe the wide range of potential mitigation techniques
Type of Study:
At least 18 Pteropodid fruit bat species feed on 90 fruit species grown for human consumption. Netting is the only demonstrably effective method of peeventing loss of fruit to bats: evidence for effectiveness of decoy crops, deterrents, and biological control is equivocal.
The most effective means of preventing bat damage to crops is the use of fixed nets (that generally prevent entanglement) covering a whole orchard. Netting individual trees, or fruit panicles, using small net bags, is also effective. Management methods that assist netting include pruning to maintain low stature of trees.
The Mediterranean, Africa and the Indian Ocean, Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea, The Pacific
Response variable :
Presence/absence of species
Predominantly tropical and subtropical forests, orchards.
Aziz, S. A., Olival, K. J., Bumrungsri, S., Richards, G. C., Racey, P. A. (2015) The conflict between Pteropodid bats and fruit growers: Species, legislation and mitigation. In: Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World (eds C. C. Voigt & T. Kingston) pp. 377–426, Springer International Publishing.