, Volume 74, Issue 1, pp 91–96 | Cite as

Seasonal activity of common vole (Microtus arvalis) in alfalfa fields in southern Hungary

  • Balázs A. SomogyiEmail author
  • Győző F. Horváth
Short Communication


In this study the temporal trends of common vole’s active burrow index in alfalfa fields were evaluated. The investigation was conducted in southern Hungary after an outbreak of common vole in 2014, during the growing population phase within two consecutive years. The average number of active burrows in 2017 was about 5 times higher than in 2016. In all sampling sites the temporal trends of active burrow index showed exponential increasing with 24% (2016) and 100% (2017) growing rate.


Intensive agricultural fields Active burrow index Exponential growth 



Special thanks to Zoltán Vagra, leader of plant protection, János Bányai and Balázs Bóli plant protection engineers of Bóly Co.’s crop production sector for the professional cooperation.


This study was funded by ÚNKP-17-3-1-PTE-233, New National Excellence Program of the Ministry of Human Capacities, Hungary. The implementation of the monitoring program was supported by Bóly Co. of Bonafarm Group.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This investigation was based on indirect sampling, therefore this article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Sciences, Institute of Biology, Department of EcologyUniversity of PécsPécsHungary

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