Fertility control vaccines for brushtail possum management in New Zealand – targets and delivery systems

Introduced marsupial brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) are a major pest in New Zealand because of their impacts on conservation values and agricultural production. Immunologically based fertility control (immunocontraception) offers an effective, humane and publicly acceptable approach to possum management. Success of fertility control for possums relies on identification of suitable target antigens with a key role in the reproductive process and the development of a cost-effective and practical method of delivering vaccines to wild populations of possums.

Author Duckworth, J., Cui, X., Molinia, F., Lubitz, W., Walcher, P. and Cowan, P.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Pages 125
Control method Fertility Control
Region NZ
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