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.
- Get involved as a monitoring release site
- Track pre- and post-release rabbit activity through RabbitScan
- Follow up control to secure biocontrol gains
RHD Boost Updates
- 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
- 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.
- 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 passed in record time during the Parliamentary sitting last week. The Biological Control Amendment Bill 2016 arose out of an ongoing scientific debate as to […]
- 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.
- Spring 2016 or Autumn 2017 release proposed for new rabbit virus - The national release of RHDV1-K5 is now likely to take place in Spring 2016 or Autumn 2017 pending outcomes of approvals, consultation and further scientific advice.
- Genetic resistance, immunity and transmission of rabbit biocontrol - Video about genetic resistance, immunity and transmission associated with rabbit biological control in Australia
- Rabbit biocontrol in Australia: key facts - Key facts about the history of rabbits and rabbit biocontrol in Australia
- 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.
- 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
- 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: Frequently asked questions - All your key questions about RHD Boost and the proposed release of the new RHDV K5 strain answered.
- 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.
- RHD Boost – Enhancing RHDV effectiveness - Research is underway to evaluate alternative RHDV strains and how they could be safely and effectively released 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 infection with existing Australian Czech 351 derived RHDV variants. Any new RHDV strain with greater lethality in rabbits with RCV-A1 is predicted to result in […]
- 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 as one rabbit per hectare can impede natural regeneration – has resulted in 75 nationally threatened plant species and five threatened ecological communities being at […]