Changes in the Seasonal Timing of Myxomatosis in South Australia

Through various studies undertaken by the Control Strategies Group involving biological control of rabbits, Greg Mutze, Scott Jennings, Peter Bird, John Kovaliski, and Ron Sinclair have noted that the advent of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) appears to have changed the timing of myxomatosis. Myxoma virus was introduced to Australia in the early 1950s as a biological control agent to reduce rabbit numbers. It causes a general infection in wild rabbits in Australia which is generally fatal. The main vectors are mosquitos and other insects, with an important method of virus transmission in Australia being close contact of individual rabbits.

Author Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation, SA
Publisher Department of Water, Land, and Biodiversity Conser
Pages 2
Control method Biological Control
Region SA