Bats and Agriculture
Usage of pesticides on farms contributes to higher cultivation yields, better quality produce, and efficient farm management. However, a concerning matter is that these pesticides may not reach their target organism completely. Remains of these pesticides enter the soil, water, and air eventually reaching non-target organisms such as bats. While it is unlikely that insectivorous bats would come into direct contact with agricultural pesticides, they do, however, consume a high volume of insects per night. This project investigates the ways modern agriculture affects microbats.
During the months of July, August, October, and November, acoustic recorders were deployed on organic farms in Shikoku, Kyoto, and Shiga.