Australian governments and industry have joined forces in a global search for a new rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) strain to boost rabbit biocontrol effectiveness in Australia. The search and evaluation has led to a naturally occurring RHDV variant from Korea (RHDV K5) being selected. It is currently under assessment by government regulators. The national release will be coordinated by the Invasive Plants and Animals Committee in consultation with Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia.
- Track pre- and post-release rabbit activity through RabbitScan
- Follow up control to secure biocontrol gains
RHD Boost Updates
- Issue 6 – 7 July 2016
- Issue 5 – 4 May 2016
- Issue 4 – 22 March 2016
- Issue 3 – 18 February 2016
- Issue 2 – 14 January 2016
- Issue 1 – 19 November 2016
- Rabbit biocontrol in Australia: key facts - Key facts about the history of rabbits and rabbit biocontrol in Australia
- RHDV K5: Frequently asked questions - All your key questions about RHD Boost and the proposed release of the new RHDV K5 strain answered.
- Rollout of RHDV1 K5 in Australia: information guide - This booklet provides information on rabbit biocontrol in Australia and the RHD Boost project. It outlines how to get involved in the proposed release of RHDV1 K5 and where you can get further information.
- What is RHD Boost? - RHD Boost is a national project involving the roll out of a new naturally occurring overseas strain of rabbit calicivirus called RHD K5
- RHDV K5: What about my pet rabbit? - The currently registered vaccine is likely to continue to protect pet rabbits against this disease after release of K5
- Help boost Australia’s rabbit biocontrol action - Landholders, farmers, community groups, councils and everyone across the country has been invited to express their interest to participate in the final stages of the research to support the release of K5.
- RHD Boost – Enhancing RHDV effectiveness - Research is underway to evaluate alternative RHDV strains and how they could be safely and effectively released in Australia.
- RHDV-2 in Australia and implications for current rabbit biocontrol initiatives - Researchers have discovered several different strains or variants of RHDV, but not all have the same effect on wild rabbits in Australia.
- RabbitScan – an essential part of the Rabbit Management Toolbox - RabbitScan is helping the Bellarine community to map rabbit warrens and hotspots of activity
- Federal Parliament passes Amendment to biological control legislation - There is now certainty around the use of viruses in controlling pests, such as the European Rabbit and Carp, after an Amendment to the Biological Control Act 1984 was unanimously […]
- Wildlife research highlights need for long-term rabbit biocontrol strategy - A number of Australian threatened small mammals making a comeback in the South Australian desert due to ongoing rabbit management, including biocontrol.
- Genetic resistance, immunity and transmission of rabbit biocontrol - Video about genetic resistance, immunity and transmission associated with rabbit biological control in Australia
- Victorian Rabbit Management Collaboration Initiative - Supports community-led action for more sustainable and effective rabbit management in Victoria
- RHD-Boost. Import and evaluate new rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) variants to strengthen rabbit biocontrol - The RHD Boost project sought to identify new RHDV variants with superior lethality to rabbits with partial protection from endemic Australian Rabbit Calicivirus (RCV-A1) and immunity and/or genetic resistance to […]
- Benefits of Rabbit Biocontrol in Australia - EUROPEAN RABBITS (Oryctolagus cuniculus) are a severe continental-scale threat to Australia’s globally important biodiversity and agriculture. The extreme sensitivity of many native plant species to rabbit damage – as few […]