Update on release plans for RHDV1 K5

Planning is underway for the release in Australia of a calicvirus strain (RHDV1 K5) which is expected to perform well in cooler, wetter regions. http://http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-12/delayed-release-for-new-calici-strain/7083388?WT.mc_id=newsmail

Rabbits change soil biology

Rabbits change the biology of soils, as well as vegetation – and those changes may be long lasting. http://www.sciencenews.org/blog/wild-things/rabbits-leave-mark-soil-long-after-they-are-gone

Historic rabbit ecology – a case for rewilding?

A blog from Rewilding Australia provides some historic insight into the spread of rabbits and asks if there is a case for ‘rewilding’ with quolls, Tassie Devils and dingoes. Read the blog, including an historic letter, from Rewilding Australia.

Rabbit threat abatement plan

Background information and a draft to update the threat abatement plan to control rabbits has been released by the Australian Government. Read more to: see both documents, or view some media commentary

Sniffing out rabbits to save Mala

Rabbit detection dogs, baiting, fumigation and controlled releases of Calicivirus have all helped to protect mala (rufous hare-wallaby) from competition by rabbits. See the full article from Parks Australia (2015).

RHDV K5 FAQ’s

PestSmart have released a set of answers to frequently asked questions about the new strain of RHDV- find out more at PestSmart (2015).