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Australia's War Against Rabbits: The Story of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease

Australia's War Against Rabbits: The Story of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (Paperback)

By Cooke, Brian Douglas

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The management of wild rabbits is a vexing problem worldwide. In countries such as Australia and New Zealand wild rabbits are regarded as serious pests to agriculture and the environment, while in many European countries they are considered an important hunting resource, and are ...a cornerstone species in Mediterranean ecosystems, modifying habitats and supporting important predator populations such as the Iberian lynx. The introduction of two viral diseases, myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease, as biological control agents in Australia has been met favourably yet their spread in southern Europe threatens natural rabbit populations. Despite this, scientists with very different goals still work together with a common interest in understanding rabbit biology and epidemiology. Australia's War Against Rabbits uses rabbit haemorrhagic disease as an important case study in understanding how animal populations adapt to diseases, in this case an RNA virus. Looking at Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease in an ecological framework enables insights into both virus and rabbit biology that are relevant for understanding other emerging diseases of importance to humans. This book provides up-to-date information on recent advances in areas ranging from virus structure and disease mechanics through to the sociological implications of using biological control agents and the benefits to the economy and biodiversity. It is a compelling read for wildlife disease researchers, wildlife managers, rabbit biologists, and people working in the public health and education sectors.
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ISBN 9780643096127
Published AU 1 Jun 2014
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780643096127
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Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Imprint CSIRO Publishing
Published 1 Jun 2014
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Cooke, Brian Douglas
Category Personal & Public Health
Conservation Of Wildlife & Habitats
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 232
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 245mm
Spine: 13mm
Dewey Code 333.959320994
Weight 566g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Rabbits - Diseases, Australien, Rabbits - Biological control - Australia, Rabbits - Control - Australia, Hemorrhagic diseases - Susceptibility
NBS Text Environment & Planning
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;College/higher education