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From invasions of ants, fruit flies, rabbits and carp through to plants that grow where they're not wanted, we're tackling a range of pests in the Australian environment.
CSIRO scientists are undertaking rigorous tests to determine the safety and suitability of the candidate biocontrol agent Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) in managing European carp numbers in Australia.
Primary topic: Managing invasive species
CSIRO has a long and successful history of using biological control agents as a cornerstone of sustainable management programs for weeds of national significance, such as Paterson's curse and prickly pear.
Primary topic: Biological control - weeds
The release of the two rabbit biocontrol agents - Myxoma virus and Rabbit Calicivirus - led to a dramatic reduction of Australia’s rabbit population and has recovered more than $70 billion to the agricultural industries since 1950.
Crofton weed—also known as sticky snakeroot or Mexican devil—has been smothering native bush in Australia since the early 1900s. But now the release of a new biological control agent brings hope in managing this invasive weed.
CSIRO researchers are leading the way in understanding the ecology, impacts and control of invasive alien ant species.
The weed Parkinsonia forms impenetrable thickets, decreases productivity of pastoral rangelands and competes with native plants. New biocontrol agents may help manage severe infestations across northern Australia.
CSIRO is working with industry and government to find a solution to Australia's Queensland fruit fly problem.
Primary topic: Risk and preparedness
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Last updated: Last updated: 24 March 2015
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