Para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) is being investigated as a toxin for mammalian predator control in New Zealand. The toxic effects of PAPP appear to be related to the rapid formation of methaemoglobin in some species, which leads to a rapid and lethal deficit of oxygen in cardiac muscle and the brain. Carnivore species appear to be much more susceptible than birds, so it potentially has a high target specificity, at least in the New Zealand context. To date, pen trials with the micro-encapsulated PAPP pellets inserted into a meat bait have been undertaken on stoats (Mustela erminea) and trials on other predator species are planned. A review of registration requirements by the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has also been undertaken.
|Author||Murphy, E., Lavrent, A., MacMorran, D., Robbins, L. and Ross, P.|
|Secondary title||13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference|
|Place published||Wellington, NZ|
|Institution||NZ Department of Conservation|
|Control method||Poison / Toxin|