Rodent study crucial for sustainable agriculture

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Tehran (ISNA) – Head of the custodian for vertebrates at the Museum of Natural History in Ljubljana, Slovenia argued that sustainable agriculture is farming in sustainable ways based on an understanding of ecosystem services and the study of relationships between organisms and their environment.

Professor Boris Krystufek explained, “Nature maintains an open ecosystem with various disorders, such as weather extremes, fires and, above all, the abundance of large herbivores, which we have long since eradicated the situation has gotten worse for the new human”.

“I was fortunate enough to be the first zoologist to find out the locals from the local inhabitants and thus find this rodent in some way the first one in Slovenia. That's why I'm particularly fond of it. This is the largest representative of hamsters, which is fairly widespread in the Pannonian Plain,” he said.

“The hamster was an important pest in agriculture in the middle of the last century, but today it is one of the more endangered species in Europe, The area of its prevalence has drastically shrunk although agriculture had a positive effect in the first half of the past century, it can no longer survive in the contemporary cultural landscape”.

He has written more than 120 scientific articles in Slovenian and international journals, in addition to the many professional articles, chapters in monographs and other contributions. He also works in editorial boards of several international magazines, conferences, and commissions.

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