Feral cats double the size of domestic tabbies. Cane toads with longer legs. And dingoes with flexible joints. ‘Selection pressure’ is at work on introduced animals.
The simulation showed catching cane toads once a week involved 85% less cost and effort than other strategies, but was just as effective.
Emerald ash borer larva cut these feeding galleries on the trunk of a dead ash tree in Michigan.
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Biological control strategies curb pests using other species that attack the invader. A biologist explains why it can take more than a decade to develop an effective biological control program.
Without urgent action, Australia will continue to lose billions of dollars every year on invasive species.
Australia’s invasive cane toads may be out-evolving their lungworm parasites.
Water rats in Western Australia are safely hunting cane toads.
When neatly dissected cane toad corpses began turning up next to a creek in the Kimberley, scientists went on the hunt for the clever killer.
Barking Owls are one of Australia’s 1,770 threatened or endangered species.
Invasive species are the biggest single threat to Australian plants and animals.
The Balanggarra Rangers are land management representatives of the Balanggarra people, the indigenous traditional owners of the East Kimberley. (L-R) Wes Alberts, Bob Smith (coordinator) James ‘Birdy’ Birch, Isiah Smith, Quentin Gore.
The Kimberley Land Council
There are exciting synergies between western science and indigenous knowledge. Surprisingly, the success of our Australian predator conservation research was due entirely to its multicultural nature.
It is estimated there are now more than 200 million cane toads across Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Pauline Hanson’s idea to reduce cane toad numbers is fundamentally flawed, both in economic theory and in practice.
Cane toads are on the march, but new genetic research could slow them down.
New genetic knowledge about cane toads could give us the knowledge we need to throw some more roadblocks in front of this persistent invader as it marches across Australia.
New study confirms fears that the island’s native wildlife can be poisoned by introduced Asian toads.
Cane toads have been found from Perth to Sydney.
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New cane toad traps that carefully imitate mating males successfully target breeding females. Males, meanwhile, will turn up for anything that sounds remotely like a toad.
Solar-powered arrays can be left in remote locations, recording high-quality audio for years.
In a global first, hundreds of solar-powered microphones will be placed across Australia, listening out for invasive species, rare animals and the effects of climate change.
Just what the doctor ordered - more cane toads.
It sounds weird, but releasing small cane toads ahead of the main invasion front can help predators learn to avoid the biggest, most toxic ones. Here’s exactly how it works.
Rick Shine aims to save Australia’s reptiles.
University of Sydney
University of Sydney conservation scientist Rick Shine has won a top science honour, for work that uses evolutionary theory to try and keep cane toads from killing Australia’s native wildlife.
Cane toads are still spreading across northern Australia.
Cane toads, introduced in 1935 to control cane beetles, have now spread across a huge swathe of Australia, from the Kimberley in northern Western Australia to northern New South Wales. They’re still spreading…
Rabbit numbers have been considerably reduced by the introduction of two viruses - Rabbit calicivirus and myxoma.
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
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.
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…
People capture and kill cane toads to prevent further spread of the invasive species, but in two thirds of cases they’re…