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Rabbit numbers have been considerably reduced by the introduction of two viruses - Rabbit calicivirus and myxoma. CSIRO

Explainer: how ‘biocontrol’ fights invasive species

Australia’s “ferals” — invasive alien plants, pests and diseases — are the largest bioeconomic threats to Australian agriculture. They also harm our natural ecosystems and biodiversity. Some, such as mosquitoes…
Two of millions of cane toads found across northern Australia. Mark Lewis, Radio Pictures, Mullumbimby

Everyone agreed: cane toads would be a winner for Australia

When cane toads were released in Australia in 1935, they were the latest innovation in pest control, backed by a level of consensus support that a scientist could only dream of. So what went wrong? Research…
Cane toads spread faster when they arrive in a new area. Flickr/blundershot

Why cane toads give us small hope for climate change

Cane toads are one of the Australia’s most serious invasive species, killing predators such as goannas, quolls and crocodiles in the tropical north. We already know the toads are advancing from Queensland…
Australia’s best known pest. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

The toad we love to hate

For some unfathomable reason, cane toads stir the popular imagination. Most invasive species are simply not noticed by most of us, or, if they are, they are quickly assimilated into our mental landscape…
Closing about 100 man-made bodies of water could stop cane toads from spreading further into Australia’s north west, the study found. http://www.flickr.com/photos/blundershot

Close 100 man-made lakes to stop cane toad spread: study

Shutting down around 100 man-made water storage structures in Australia’s north west could stop the spread of cane toads…
The rapacious invader has defied all efforts to stop its spread across tropical Australia. Flickr/blundershot

Great invader’s poison could also be its downfall

The cane toad’s highly toxic poison could ultimately prove the most effective weapon against the invasive species itself…
Hated enemy or part of the landscape? Radio Pictures

Cane toad movie says put aside prejudice - in 3D

Every night under cover of darkness an advancing wall of toads heads west. Rather than winding through the bush, the toads march straight down the highway, ignoring the official border signs. Meanwhile…
Do cane toads add something new to ‘natural selection’? manda/Flickr

Cane and able – how superfit toads got the hop on evolution

Some 150 years ago, Charles Darwin proposed a mechanism for evolutionary change; but is there something beyond natural selection driving evolution? My colleagues and I think so, and we believe it has come…

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