Monday, 06 July 2020

Amphibians are recognized as key bio-indicators of environmental health due to their sensitivity to water pollution. Nepal harbors high amphibian diversity, but amphibians inhabiting agricultural lands remain poorly known. The agricultural landscape provides foraging and other habitats for amphibians. The rice field may be particularly important since they are often filled with water and the majority of amphibians frequently aggregate near water sources. Rice fields therefore provide potential habitat for many low-land amphibians. However, farmers in the area lack the knowledge about the role of amphibians in the ecosystem despite of their important role in managing insect pests. Indiscriminate use of pesticides has become a regular phenomenon. Amphibians in the agricultural landscapes are therefore at high risk due to excessive use of insecticides and pesticides. It is thus very important to highlight the role of amphibians as crop pest controllers for farmers in the region.


Following are the main objectives of the program:


  •   To explore the richness and diversity of frog in the rice fields;
  •   To assess the effect of frog on rice productivity
  •   To examine the impact of pesticides on richness and diversity of frog


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