species specific diseases

Simon Toze simon at helios.per.dwr.csiro.au
Mon Mar 6 05:03:28 EST 1995


Just a quiet observation,

You really need to see what the Cane Toad is doing to the native flora
and funa and household pets of north-eastern Australia to understand
why every possibility is being considered to try and at least control
these vermin.  Pity that it seem these creatures are so resilient.  The
best method so far has been organised collections (by the local
populas) and freezing them.  Instruments such as cricket bats and golf
clubs can work quite well too.

On the note of biological control, Australia has had a great deal of
success in biological control with Myxomatosis and rabbits, a pariste
moth and the Picklely Pear cactus, and dung beetles for the controlling
cattle and sheep manure so it can work if it is done VERY carefully.

Simon Toze

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The above is my opinion alone and has little or nothing to do with my
employer etc.

Simon Toze
CSIRO Division Of Water Resources
Perth, WA AUSTRALIA
Internet simon at per.dwr.csiro
Phone 09 387 0130
Fax 09 387 8211
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