First assignment of group n° 026

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Resources used by the team

NAME OF THE MEMBER OF THE TEAM
ACCESSED RESOURCES
LITARDI Chiara
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Book : A Year With New York's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan (2004)


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CINI Marianna
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Book : The Rats (1974) - James Herbert


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EYANG Cindy
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Book : Hygiène et santé en Europe de la fin du 18e siècle aux lendemains de la WWI, Frioux, Fournier, Chauvau


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PALMERO Romuald
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Book : Biehler, D. (2013). Pests in the city: Flies, bedbugs, cockroaches, et rats. Seattle, Wash: Univ. of Washington Press.


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DAGUERRE Raphaelle
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Book : “Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants” by Robert Sullivan published in 2004


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PAUMARD Benjamin
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Book : Immunodeficient Rodents: A guide to their Immunobiology, Husbandry, and use (1989) – National Research Council (ISBN: 978-0-309-09287-6)


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First description of our project

Title : Era(t)dication

1. What Problem do you want to solve ?
The huge amount of rodents species in streets, flats and subway in Paris. The rodent represent an important threat for human well-beings as they are carrier of forty different kind of disease that they can transmit through their feces, hair, urine, saliva, blood, feet and bits. Through our researches we discovered that rats has killed more people in ten centuries than all the wars combined. During the last century, ten million people died because of disease transmittable by rodents.

2. Why does this problem exist?
This problem exists because so far nobody found a proper solution to balance their birth rate. Indeed, their proliferation is one of the fastest of any mammals. It’s big capacity of reproduction, adaptation as well as their food regime make them hard to eradicate. As well as their way of feeding allow them to find food, water and shelter to give them the opportunity to adapt themselves to their constantly urban environment. In some major cities, the presence of rats amounted to several million. For example, in the center of Paris, there are 2 rats for 1 parisian. That’s to say that there is almost 6 million rats in this city.

3. What breakthrough are you commited to creating? We wants to find a solution that could be applied to many important cities in the world. Instead of using chemicals, we want to find a proactive solution that will constantly adapts to rats behaviors. Because we tend to think that rats are smart and get used to actual chemical solutions that are no longer effective.

Potential experts already identified

  • Matthieu LAHAYE, Associate professor of history and author, former teacher in touch with one of the group member