Re[2]: Rice paddi and biodiversity

To: <>, <>, <>
Subject: Re[2]: Rice paddi and biodiversity
Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 08:48:26 +1000
     There is an article in the December-October ECOS, pages 10-21 
     published by the CSIRO, titled Reinventing Rice. It covers new strains 
     of rice and urges Asian farmers to protect biological diversity by 
     swapping chemicals for intergrated pest management.
     Hope that this is of some little help
     Alan Leishman

______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________
Subject: Re: Rice paddi and biodiversity 
Author:  "Susan Myers" <> at mailgate
Date:    12/24/98 12:53 PM

> Wet rice paddi on Java is notoriously sterile, at least as far as birds 
> are concerned. I assume this is because the switch to High Yield Variety 
> rice has required prolific use of pesticides, herbicides and fertiliser. 
> Wet paddi in Australia would seem to be much less a wasteland. Is this
> true? Why? And can any one point me towards relevant literature on wet 
> paddi and biodiversity? A web search on rice+paddi+biodiversity has
> revealed little which i find surprising.
Sorry I can't point you to any references without a bit more research on my 
part! You could try Kukila which should have the best coverage of the 
region. My experience with padis in SEA is somewhat similar to your own, 
however in some cases soon after the harvest I have found them to be very 
rich in diversity. One experience on Lombok particularly springs to mind. 
Soon after the harvest when the padis were dry we noted in one location 
Wooly-necked Stork, Short-toed Eagle, Yellow Wagtail, Spotted Kestrel, 
Purple heron, Javan Pond-heron, Brahminy Kite, Cave Swiftlet, Collared 
Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Rainbow Bee-eater, 
Straited Swallow, Barn Swallow, Large-billed Crow, White-winged Triller, 
Pied Bushchat, Australasian Pipit, White-breasted Woodswallow and Javan 
Munia etc. Fairly rich I would have thought. Then again they may have 
different agricultural practices on Java.
Susan Myers
phone: +61 3 9819 2539
Email:Susan Myers 

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU