Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP)

The Australian Pest Animal Research Program (APARP) 2008-2012 was funded by the Australian Government and was concluded in June 2013. Aligned with the goals and objectives of the Australian Pest Animal Strategy, APARP funded research projects that developed and promoted improved approaches to the management and monitoring of agricultural pest animals.

These research projects are listed below. Click on each one for more information and outcomes of each project.

Feral Pigs

Wild dogs

Assessing pig damage in agricultural crops with remote sensing A triple bottom line analysis of returns on investment in wild dog management
Commercialisation of the Boar Buffet: a feral pig-specific bait hopper Best practice guidelines for the use of guardian dogs for the protection of livestock in Australia
Aerial deployment of infrared sensors for quantifying feral pig abundance and distribution Development of Australian Best Practice Trapping Guidelines for improved animal welfare and pest animal management outcomes

Rabbits

Facilitating the strategic management of wild dogs throughout Australia
Rabbit resurgence: minimising future economic and biodiversity losses How are red foxes affected by cooperative aerial baiting to control wild dogs?
A ‘Calicivirus Map of Australia’ for improving the effectiveness of rabbit biocontrol Livestock guardian dog/ wild dog interaction study
Maximising the potential of improved biological control for rabbits Determining the availability of individual, aerial deployed baits to wild dogs
General pest animal management Trapping introduced predators for the protection of biodiversity and livestock: an instructional DVD
Vertebrate Pesticides: An Australian Guide Registering an orally deliverable antidote to methaemoglobin inducers
 Building capacity for the management of invasive animal impacts
 Foxes
National Animal Pest Alerts – national extension materials aiding the adoption of “best practice” management Demonstrating the potential resilience of fox populations to landholder coordinated baiting programs for agricultural protection
Prioritising Vertebrate Pests on the Brink of Introduction and Establishment Using Bayesian Networks New technology for management of fox impacts on agriculture
Estimating the success of vertebrate pest eradication and control programs How are red foxes affected by cooperative aerial baiting to control wild dogs?
National mapping of the abundance of established, new and emerging pest animals to improve decision-making and the assessment of government investment programs Improved implementation of regional fox management programs
National workshop for development of improved pest animal monitoring and mapping procedures for state/territory and national application Pest birds
FeralScan – Web-based community reporting, education and extension tool for landholders and community groups Population control and adaptation to trapping in Indian mynas
Online education tutorials and multi-media on pest animals for landholders, Landcare, education groups, local government and community  Bioeconomic evaluations of management strategies for pest birds
Evaluation of Spatial Data Capture and Information Systems for Invasive Species Management National mapping of the abundance of established, new and emerging pest animals to improve decision making and the assessment of government investment programs (stage 2: pest birds)
Assessing the humaneness of commonly used invasive animal control methods Identifying corridors, refuges and entry points for starlings, Sturnus vulgaris, at an invasion front
PestSmart: Development and promotion of farmer, Landcare and regional end user pest animal capacity building and management packages
Large herbivores
Development of SOPs and a training package for the field immobilisation of large herbivores in Judas control programs
  Mice
 Effects of a chemosterilant on gonadal function of wild house mice (Mus domesticus)

 

Last updated: August 24, 2017

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