Infestation of five stripped squirrel, Funambulus pennanti, in the forest nurseries of Jabalpur, Central India.
Periodical surveys in different nurseries and experimental fields of the Tropical Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India, revealed that the five-striped squirrel (Funambulus pennantii) has made severe infestation to the sowing and germinated seeds of a number of forest trees. The young and adults of this species actively feed and damage sown and germinated seeds of various tree species, such as Ailanthus excelsa, Albizia sp. Bambusa spp., Cassia spp. Delonix regia, Dalbergia spp., Eucalyptus spp., Moringa oleiferaspp., Pongamia pinnata and Tectona grandis. For effective management, the nursery beds can be covered with 1×1 wire-meshed iron nets fitted in a portable iron frame (1.15×0.75×10 m) to protect the sown seeds and seedlings in the nusery beds.