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Gene drive for mice
In a global first, gene drive technology has been successfully applied to an invasive mammal....
Pest eradication, a key to ecological restoration
Programs to eradicate invasive rats, cats, rabbits and goats have been a key to restoring the ecology on islands around the world according to a recent assessment of attempts on nearly 1,000 islands.
Myxo still active
Current strains of myxomatosis are far more virulent than that released in 1950, but rabbits have increased resistance as well. Nonetheless, myxo is still important for rabbit control in Australia.
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Rabbit, feral cat & fox control. A springboard to landscape recovery.
The problem The 2021 State of the Environment report (Australian government) notes that rabbits affect...
Genetics help paint a picture. Rabbits across Australia.
Blog: Brian Cooke & Bruce Munday. Featured image: Ron Sinclair. Chasing the DNA trail has...
Who rules the burrow?
Social hierarchies in rabbits are not so unlike what you would find in a period drama. These social machinations are an ingenious way to give the next generation a genetic advantage. The fittest animals become dominant and produce by far the most offspring, while the risks of inbreeding are neatly sidestepped by having the boys leave home while the girls mostly stay.
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