Native frogs born in rice bays consume rice pests (2007)

Castellano, C Ross, S Doody, S Osborne,W

2007

This IREC Farmers Newsletter article presents an update on the RIRDC funded project UCA 11A investigating native frogs n rice. The investigation was undertaken in rice crops in the Riverina, NSW in regards to possibility that insectivorous frogs may be important for pest control in agricultural ecosystems. It has been estimated that nearly five billion frogs may be produced in rice bays in the Riverina each year. The investigation has also noted that native frogs born in rice bays consume a wide range of invertebrate pest species. The report includes and overview of the importance of frogs in the agro ecosystem. How many frogs are actually in the Riverina and what these frogs are consuming.