Using Gene Technology to Control Feral Animals

Many exotic species have been introduced into the Australian environment, often with devastating effects. One of these species is the rabbit. Rabbits cause extensive environmental damage at a huge cost to biodiversity and the economy through, for example, competing with other species for food and shelter. Loss of vegetation cover due to rabbits has caused soil erosion and other land management problems.

The Pest Animal Control Cooperative Research Centre, in which CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems is a partner, is researching the use of gene technology to control rabbit populations. Immunocontraception is also being developed for fox and mouse control.

Author Department of Environment and Heritage
Date null
Year 2005
Publisher Department of Environment and Water Resources
Notes Notes
Control method Biological Control
Region Australia - national