Fight against cane toad invasion continues

Monday, 19 March, 2001

Biological controls must be found to halt the march of cane toads across Australia, according to Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill.

Senator Hill said the Commonwealth Government had invested millions of dollars in biological control research but had so far been unable to find a means to prevent the unwelcome arrival of cane toads in Kakadu National Park. "The Federal Government believes biological controls are the answer and vital research must continue. Last year, I called on researchers to apply for new funding under the Natural Heritage Trust to ensure this research continued".

"The CSIRO was subsequently allocated more than $1 million from the Natural Heritage Trust for a new project searching for a gene critical to toad development which can effectively be "switched off"".

"The Animal Ethics Committee has now approved the proposed experiments. The first batch of tadpoles and adult toads are expected to arrive at the CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems unit in Canberra shortly for practical work to begin", Senator Hill said.

Item provided courtesy of Science Industry

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