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Alexis Ribas, Sergi López, Rhodes Makundi, Herwig Leirs, and Joelle Gouy de Bellocq (2013) Trichuris (Nematoda: Trichuridae) from two rodents, Mastomys natalensis and Gerbilliscus vicinus in Tanzania. Journal of Parasitology http://dx.doi.org/10.1645/12-151.1

Meheretu, Y., Sluydts, V., Welegerima, K., Bauer, H., Teferi, K., Yirga, G. Mulungu, L. Haile, M., Nyssen, J., Deckers, J., Makundi, R., Leirs, H. (2014) Rodent abundance, stone bund density and its effects on crop damage in the Tigray highlands, Ethiopia, Crop Protection 55:  61-67

Borremans, B., Hughes, N.K., Reijniers, J., Sluydts, V., Katakweba, A.A.S., Mulungu, L.S., Sabuni, C.A., Makundi, R.H., Leirs, H. (2014). Happily together forever: temporal variation in spatial patterns and complete lack of territoriality in a promiscuous rodent. Population Ecology 56(1): 109-118

Sophie Gryseels, Toni Rieger,Lisa Oestereich, Bart Cuypers, Bennt Borremans, Rhodes Makundi, Herwig Leirs, Stephan Gunther, Joelle Gouy de Bellocq (2015) Gairo virus, a novel arenavirus of the widespread Mastomys natalensis: Genetically divergent, but ecologically similar to Lassa and Morogoro viruses. Virology 476: 249-256. DOI: 10.1016/j.virol.2014.12.011

Douglas J. McCauley, Daniel J. Salkeld, Hillary S. Young, Rhodes H. Makundi, Rodolfo Dirzo, Ralph P. Eckerlin, Eric F. Lambin, Lynne Gaffikin, Michele Barry, Kristofer M. Helgen 2015. Effects of land use on plague (Yersinia pestis) activity in rodents in Tanzania. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 92 (4): 776-783.  doi:10.4269/ajtmh.14-0504

Makundi Rhodes H., Apia W.  Massawe, Benny Borremans, Anne Laudisoit and Abdul Katakweba (2015). We are connected: Flea-host association networks in the plague outbreak focus in the Rift Valley, northern Tanzania. Wildlife Research 42, 196–206. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR14254)

Meheretu Yonas,, Kiros Welegerima, Vincent Sluydts, Hans Bauer, Kindeya Gebrehiwot, Jozef Deckers, Rhodes Makundi and Herwig Leirs (2015) Reproduction and survival of rodents in crop fields: the effects of rainfall, crop stage and stone-bund density. Wildlife Research 42(2) 158-164 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR141

Gryseels Sophie, Herwig Leirs, Rhodes Makundi & Joele de Bellocq 2015. Polymorphism in vkorc1 Gene of Natal Multimammate Mice, Mastomys natalensis, in Tanzania. Journal of Heredity  (2015) 106 (5): 637-643. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esv054

Christopher A. Sabuni, Vincent Sluydts, Loth S. Mulungu, Samwel S. Maganga, Rhodes H. Makundi and Herwig Leirs 2015. Distribution and ecology of lesser pouched rat, Beamys hindei, in Tanzanian coastal forests. Integrative Zoology  10: 409–423 DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12159

Gryseels Sophie, Joëlle Goüy de Bellocq, Rhodes Makundi, Kurt Vanmechelen, Jan Broeckhove, Vladimir Mazoch, Radim Šumbera, Jan Zima jr, Herwig Leirs and Stuart J.E. Baird (2016) Genetic distinction between contiguous urban and rural multimammate mice in Tanzania despite gene flow. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29 (6): 1952-1967 ( DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12919)

Sabuni, C.A., N.Van Houtte, S. Gryseels, L.S. Maganga, R.H. Makundi, H, Leirs and J. Gouy de Bellocq. 2016.  Genetic structure and diversity of the black and rufous sengi in Tanzanian coastal forests. Journal of Zoology. Doi: 10.1111/jzo.12384

Benny Borremans, Jonas Reijniers, Nelika K. Hughes, Stephanie S. Godfrey, Sophie Gryseels, Rhodes H. Makundi and Herwig Leirs 2016. Nonlinear scaling of foraging contacts with rodent population density.  Oikos– doi: 10.1111/oik.03623

Loth S. Mulungu, V. Ngowo, M. Mdangi, A.S. Katakweba, P. Tesha, F.P. Mrosso, M. Mchomvu, P.M. Sheyo, B.S. Kilonzo (2013) Population dynamics and breeding patterns of Multi-mammate mouse, Mastomys natalensis (Smith 1834) in irrigated rice field in Eastern Tanzania. Pest Management Science, 69(3):371-377

MashakaMdangi, Loth S. Mulungu, Apia W. Massawe, Seth Eiseb, VasanaTutjavi, Frikkie Kirsten, Temba Mahlaba, PhanuelMalebane, Emil VON Maltitz, AraMonadjem,NomfundoDlamini, Rhodes H. Makundi, and Steven R. Belmain (2013). Assessment of rodent damage to stored maize (Zea mays L.) on smallholder farms in Tanzania. International Journal of Pest Management, 59(1): 55–62

Mulungu, L.S.,Mlyashimbi, E.C.M, V. Ngowo, M. Mdangi, A.S. Katakweba, P. Tesha, F.P. Mrosso, M. Mchomvu, Kilonzo, B.S. and S.R. Belmain(2014) Food preferences of the Multi-mammate mouse, Mastomys natalensis (Smith 1834) in irrigated rice field in eastern Tanzania. International Journal of Pest Management, 60(1): 1-8

ProchesHieronimo, Hubert Gulinck, Didas N. Kimaro, Loth S. Mulungu, Nganga I. Kihupi, Balthazar M. Msanya,HerwigLeirs and Jozef A. Deckers (2014) Human activity spaces and plague risks in three contrasting landscapes, Lushoto district, Tanzania.Tanzania Journal of Health Research,Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v16i3.2, 16(3)

Joel L. Meliyo,Didas N. Kimaro, Balthazar M. Msanya, Loth S. Mulungu, ProchesHieronimo, NgangaKihupi, Hubert Gulinck and Jozef A. Deckers(2014) Predicting small mammals and fleas abundance using landform and soil properties in a plague endemic area, Lushoto District, Tanzania.Tanzania Journal of Health Research,Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v16i3.3, 16(3)

Njaka A. Ralazafisoloarivyony, Didas N. Kimaro, Nganga I. Kihupi, Loth S. Mulungu, HerwigLeirs, Balthazar M. Msanya, Jozef A. Deckers and Hubert Gulinck (2014) Small mammals distribution and diversity in endemic plague area in West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Health Research,Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v16i3.4, 16(3).

Joel L. Meliyo, Boniface H.J. Massawe, Balthazar M. Msanya, Didas N. Kimaro, ProchesHieronimo, Loth S. Mulungu, Nganga I. Kihupi, Jozef A. Deckers, Hubert Gulinck and HerwigLeirs (2014) Landform and surface attributes for prediction of rodent burrows in the West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Health Research,Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v16i3.5, 16(3).

Njaka A. Ralaizafisoloarivony, Didas N. Kimaro, Nganga I. Kihupi, Loth S. Mulungu, HerwigLeirs, Balthazar M. Msanya, Jozef A. Deckers and Hubert Gulinck (2014) Vegetation habitats and small mammals in a plague endemic area in Western Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Health Research,Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v16i3.6, 16(3).

ProchesHieronimo, Joel Meliyo, Hubert Gulinck, Didas N. Kimaro, Loth S. Mulungu, Nganga I. Kihupi, Balthazar M. Msanya, HerwigLeirs and JozefA. Deckers (2014). Integrating land cover and terrain characteristics to explain Plague Risks in West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania: a geospatial approach. Tanzania Journal of Health Research,Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v16i3.7, 16(3)

ProchesHieronimo, Didas N. Kimaro, Nganga I. Kihupi, Hubert Gulinck, Loth S. Mulungu, Balthazar B. Msanya,HerwigLeirs,JoZefA. Deckers (2014) Land use determinants of small mammal abundance and distribution in a plague endemic area of Lushoto district, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Health Research,Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v16i3.8, 16(3).

Proches Hieronimo, Nganga I. Kihupi, Didas N. Kimaro, Hubert Gulinck, Loth S. Mulungu, Balthazar M. Msanya,HerwigLeirs andJoZef A. Deckers (2014) Contribution of land use to rodent flea load distribution in the plague endemic area of Lushoto District, Tanzania. Tanzania Journal of Health Research,Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v16i3.10, 16(3).

Georgies F. Mgode, Abdul S. Katakweba, Ginethon G. Mhamphi, Frank Fwalo, Mohamed Bahari, MashakaMdangi, Bukheti S. Kilonzo and Loth S. Mulungu(2014) Prevalence of leptospirosis and toxoplasmosis: A study of rodents and shrews in cultivated and fallow land, Morogoro rural district, Tanzania.Tanzania Journal of Health Research,http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/thrb.v16i3.11, 16(3)

Mulungu,L.S., P.P. Lagwen, M.E. Mdangi, B.S. Kilonzo and S.R. Belmain (2014) Impact of spatio-temporal simulations of rat damage on yield of rice (Oryza sativa L.) and implications for rodent pest management. International Journal of Pest Management, 60(4): 269-274: DOI: 10.1080/09670874.2014.967326

Joel L. Meliyo, Boniface J.H. Massawe, Leon Brabers, Balthazar M. Msanya, Didas N. Kimaro, Loth S. Mulungu, Nganga I. Kihupi, Jozef A. Deckers, Hubert Gulinck, HerwigLeirs(2015). Status and variability of soil micronutrients with landforms in the plague focus of Western Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. International Journal of Plant and Soil Science, 4(4):389-403

Joel L. Meliyo, Leon Brabers, Boniface J.H. Massawe, Balthazar M. Msanya, Didas N. Kimaro, Loth S. Mulungu, Nganga I. Kihupi, Jozef A. Deckers, Hubert Gulinck, HerwigLeirs (2015) The effect of soil physical properties and soil microclimate on rodent burrow abundance and their characteristics in Western Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Journal of Agriculture and Ecology Research International, 2(2):105-119

Mulungu, L. S.,V. Sixbert, V. Ngowo, M. Mdangi, A.S. Katakweba, P. Tesha, F.P. Mrosso, M. Mchomvu, B.S. Kilonzo and S.R. Belmain(2015)Spatio-temporal patterns in the distribution of the multimammate mouse, Mastomys natalensis, in rice crop and fallow land habitats in Tanzania. Mammalia: 79(2): 177-184; doi: 10.1515/mammalia-2014-0006

Mulungu, L.S.,Mrosso, F.P., Katakweba A.A.S., Mdangi, M.E., Tesha, P.P.H., Ngowo, V., Mchomvu, M., Kilonzo, B.S. (2015) Farmer’s knowledge, attitude and practice on rodent management in lowland irrigated rice in Central-eastern, Tanzania. International Research Journal of Plant Science, 6(1): 7-14, DOI: http:/dx.doi.org/10.14303/irjps.2014.016

Loth S. Mulungu, Borremans, B.,V. Ngowo, M. Mdangi, A.S. Katakweba, P. Tesha, F.P. Mrosso, M. Mchomvu, Bukheti S. Kilonzo (2015)Comparative study of the movements of Mastomys natalensisin irrigated rice and fallow fields in eastern Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology, 53(4): 473-479

Mgode GF, Machang’u RS, Mhamphi GG, Katakweba A, Mulungu LS, Durnez L, HerwigLeirs, R. Hartskeerl, SR. Belmain (2015) LeptospiraSerovars for Diagnosis of Leptospirosis in Humans and Animals in Africa: Common Leptospira Isolates and Reservoir Hosts. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9(12): e0004251. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004251

Msigwa, A.M., L.S.Mulungu, M.E. Mdangi, and B.S. Kilonzo(2015)Knowledge and attitudes of community on small mammalian carnivores in MBOMIPA Wildlife Management Area, South-Central Tanzania, African Journal of Science and Research 6(4): 46-49

Loth S. Mulungu, V. Ngowo, M. Mdangi, A.S. Katakweba, P. Tesha, F.P. Mrosso, M. Mchomvu, A.W. Massawe, A. Monadjem, B.S. Kilonzo& S.R. Belmain (2016) Survival and recruitment of the multimammate mouse, Mastomysnatalensis (Smith 1834), in a rice agro-ecosystem.Mammalia, 80(2): 205–210. doi: 10.1515/mammalia-2014-0150

Mulungu, L.S.,M. E. Mdangi, &H. Lopa(2016) Comparative study of Population dynamics and Breeding patterns of Mastomys natalensisin System Rice Intensification (SRI) and conventional rice production in irrigated rice ecosystems in Tanzania. Journal of Rice Research, 4(1):161. doi: 10.4172/2375-4338.1000161

Mulungu, L.S., C.A. Sabuni, V. Ngowo, M.E. Mdangi, A., J.J. Magadula, M. Kapingu, E. Mbukwa, C.A. Mgina, Mwatawala, M.W., Kichuki, M., Mwakalobo, A.S., G.F. Mgode (2016) Domestic Cat (Felissylvestriscatus) Urine Odour as a Potential Rodent Management Strategy, HuriaJournal, 22:144-152

Jestina V. Katandukila, Chris T. Chimimba, Chris G. Faulkes, Rhodes Makundi & Nigel C. Bennett (2014) Sweeping the house clean: burrow architecture and seasonal digging activity in the East African root rat, Tachyoryctes splendens from Tanzania” Journal of Zoology. published online: 30 APR 2014.  DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12143

BENNY BORREMANS, VINCENT SLUYDTS, RHODES H. MAKUNDI, & HERWIG LEIRS (2015) Evaluation of short-, mid- and long-term effects of toe clipping on a wild rodent. Wildlife Research 42:143-148. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR14109

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