Three Berry College animal science majors were recently awarded grants for their research.
Senior Alan Mulder of Jacksonville, N.C. and junior Suzannah Forbes of Kennesaw, Ga., received $500 each towards attending and presenting at the 15th annual Wildlife Damage Management Conference at Clemson University. Sophomore Mary Patsimas, of Normandy, Tenn., was also an author on the study and was awarded a grant of $350.
The students worked with Animal Science Professor and Department Chair George Gallagher in determining the effectiveness of a compound known as Milorganite as a repellent for ground hogs and rabbits. Previous work suggested the compound can be effective for white-tailed deer and non-venomous snakes under certain conditions. In rabbits, Milorganite was found to decrease the amount of damage to plants. In ground hogs, Milorganite was not effective in decreasing damage to treated plants.
###Article written by Student Public Relations Assistant Alyssa Smith