Breeding virulent rabbit hemorrhagic disease viruses for rabbit control (B.AHE.217)
Rabbits can develop immunity to the rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) virus, making it ineffective. An approach is needed to allow new strains of the virus to be released to maintain pressure on the rabbit population.
Research undertaken by Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
What are we doing?
This project aims to use natural selection to produce strains of rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) strains that are able to overcome immunity and potentially resistance to existing RHDV strains. This non-GMO approach will provide a technology for the continuous supply of suitable calicivirus strains that will help to sustainably address Australia’s rabbit problem.