Biotechnology Solution for Carp Control

Carp now dominate fish communities throughout much of their range and have the potential to spread through many more of Australia’s water systems, eventually becoming widespread throughout the country. They cause significant damage to aquatic plants and increase water turbidity. Carp also change their habitat through their feeding behaviour and compete with native fish.

The Pest Animal Control Cooperative Research Centre , in conjunction with the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (MDBC), is developing ‘daughterless technology’ to control the impact of carp in Australia’s waterways. This involves modifying a specific gene responsible for the production of a sex-determination enzyme, rendering it non-functional.

Author Gene Technology in Australia, CSIRO
Year 2004
Publisher CSIRO
Control method Biological Control
Region Australia - national