Elem, CSIRO ozbiljno radi na razvoju virusa kojim ce da navale na sharane uz nadu da isti nece na ljude kad istrebi sharane...
CSIRO scientists are investigating a potential new biological control agent that could hold the key to eradicating carp, which has become one of Australia's most invasive aquatic pests.
Researchers at CSIRO Livestock Industries' Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong - with the Department of Primary Industries Victoria - are investigating Koi herpesvirus as a means of controlling the introduced fish.
Supported with $355,000 from the newly formed Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre and the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, the two-year project, led by Dr Mark Crane, will investigate the effectiveness of Koi herpesvirus in controlling strains of carp present in Australia and will examine whether the virus will have any impact on certain native fauna.
"The virus works by attacking the carp's gills as well as other vital organs and eventually killing its host. Koi herpesvirus is attractive as a biological control agent as overseas studies suggest that it has a very limited host range, infecting only carp," Dr Crane said.
"If the laboratory studies show promise, the next step will be extensive government, public and industry consultation to determine the best course of action to control carp, while protecting and restoring Australia's valuable waterways.
The project is part of a larger pest fish control program under the Invasive Animals CRC and 50-year Native Fish Strategy at the Murray-Darling Basin Commission. Other technologies being developed in the pest fish program include 'daughterless' technology, carp-specific biocides, pheromone and sensory attractants.
Further information: Dr Mark Crane, CSIRO Livestock Industries 03 5227 5118, firstname.lastname@example.org
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