World’s oldest continually monitored rabbit site

Monitored since an introduction of calicvirus in 1996, a rabbit colony on Turretfield Research Centre (South Australia) is the longest serving, continually monitored rabbit research site in the world.

Data from the site have helped deliver a better understanding of rabbit biology, the transmission and effect of bio-controls (RHDV, RHDV2 and myxomatosis), and rabbit genetics, as recorded in over twenty research publications.

It is a testament to the effort and support from the State Government, staff and volunteers who have maintained the field site over those years.

For more information, see a Case Study by researchers Ron Sinclair and David Peacock.

Detecting dead rabbits at the Turretfield field site. Images: Ron Sinclair.

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