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    from INVASIVE SPECIES CRC(Australia);

    "New rabbit control win for community and environment."

    The Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce and Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, officially announced on Sunday that the release of RHDV1 K5 will take place at more than 600 sites across Australia.

    “A global search, by Australian researchers, for a new strain of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) to boost the effectiveness of existing rabbit bio-controls, has delivered RHDV1 K5, which is a KOREAN (North or South !?BB) strain of the virus," Mr Joyce said.

    The national release of RHDV1 K5 has been delivered through the Invasive Animals CRC, with major financial and in kind resources provided by the Australian and NSW governments, CSIRO, Meat & Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation and Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia.

    Rabbit expert, Greg Mutze discusses the release of RHDV1 K5 with ABC Landline

    Reporter, Prue Adams spoke with Greg Mutze, rabbit researcher with the Invasive Animals CRC based at Primary Industries and Regions SA, about the national release of RHDV1 K5. Prue will be travelling around Australia next week to visit a few release sites and interview our research teams, so watch this space for an update soon.

    The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes new rabbit biocontrol;

    The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed the release of the first new biological control for rabbits in 20 years.

    RHDV1 K5 will be released across the nation in a bid to combat farming’s number one pest. Federal, state and territory governments will oversee the distribution of the virus at more than 600 sites.

    "Rabbits cause significant damage to agricultural land - rabbit warrens are a major contributor to soil erosion. The pests also compete with stock for feed – this is particularly hard to bear in times of drought," said Tony Mahar, Chief Executive Officer, National Farmers’ Federation


    As part of the national release of RHDV1 K5 we are asking community members to upload sighting of rabbits or report evidence of disease to either the RabbitScan website - www.rabbitscan.org.au or via the FeralScan app which can downloaded in the iTunes or Google Play stores.

    If you have any issues or questions relating to the app, simply reply back to this email.

    The IA CRC PhD student powerhouses-Congratulations are in order for:

    Pablo Garcia-Diaz - working on risk assessment to evaluate the probability of establishment of new vertebrate pests in Australia.

    Lynette McLeod - working on improving the behavioural effectiveness of feral cat management programs.

    Pablo and Lynette, now bring the total to five of our 14 PhD Students who have submitted their thesis for marking.

    Congratulations are also in order for Dr Aleona Swegan, who submitted in November last year and just had her doctorate awarded by the University of Newcastle.


    International interest in carp (a noxious, imported fish) control;

    Matt Barwick, Coordinator of Australia’s National Carp Control Plan (NCCP), welcomes recent international interest which discusses the risks associated with using biological controls.

    The publication of a letter in the scientific journal Nature Ecology and Evolution highlights international interest in both biological controls generally, and the Australian Government’s $15 million National Carp Control Plan in particular.

    Mr Barwick said over 2017 to 2019, the NCCP will coordinate the research, risk assessment, and community consultation necessary to determine whether the virus called Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (‘the carp virus’) provides a safe and effective biological control agent for carp in Australia.

    * Maybe all the dead carp will pollute the water-supply. Brilliant? BB
    There is no Spring without Winter, without Mistakes there is no Learning. There is no Life without Death, without Doubts there is no Faith. There is no Peace without War, without Fear there is no Courage. For without Mistakes, Doubts and Fears there are no pathways to Wisdom.
    Ron Owen.
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