In cooperation with the activities of the DFG-approved CaFoDec project, the aim is to determine which predators or scavengers carry away rodent carcasses the size of mice and rats.

The common goal of Rodent Carcass Removal and the Biodiversity Exploratories is to address the issue of carcass dislocation not only of rats, but also of mouse-sized animals and at different times of the year for forest habitats as well as for open agricultural landscapes and farm areas.

To achieve this, the partners initially plan to carry out the following work:

  • Laying out mouse and rat carcasses
  • Observation with wildlife cameras
  • Data preparation, evaluation, publication

For this purpose, data on the following parameters should be recorded:

  • Species (groups) that carry away rodent carcasses
  • Duration from laying out to transporting

Cooperations are projects financed by the cooperation partners’ own funds and thus financially independent of the DFG-funded infrastructure priority program ‟Biodiversity Exploratories (BE)”. They complement the BE with further interesting research content on biodiversity research and in return benefit from the infrastructure of the Biodiversity Exploratories.

Scientific assistants

Dr. Jens Jacob
Project manager
Dr. Jens Jacob
Julius Kühn-Institut - Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen