Population dynamics of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in north eastern Australia: simulated responses to control

Scanlan, J. C. and Berman, D. M. and Grant, W. E. (2006) Population dynamics of the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in north eastern Australia: simulated responses to control. Ecological Modelling, 196 (1-2). pp. 221-236. ISSN 0304-3800


Wild European rabbits are a serious problem to agriculture in Australia, with an estimated annual cost of A$ 113 million. Biological control agents (myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus) have caused large and sustained declines in rabbit populations throughout Australia. A simulation model incorporates these diseases as well as warren destruction as methods of controlling rabbit populations in Queensland, north eastern Aus- tralia. These diseases reduced populations by 90–99% and the combination of these and warren destruction led to 100% control in simulations at six sites across southern Queens- land. Increasing monthly pasture growth by 15% had little effect on simulated populations whereas a 15% decrease reduced populations by 0–50%. An increase in temperature of 2.5◦C would lead to a 15–60% decrease in populations. These effects suggest that climate change will lead to a decrease in the population of rabbits in Queensland and a retraction in the northern limit of their distribution in Australia.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2018 06:56
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2018 00:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: biological control, climate change, Myxomatosis, rabbit haemorrhagic disease, warren destruction
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960499 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2006.02.008
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34362

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