Stopping the Cane Toad

Stopping the Cane Toad When Australian scientists failed to find a virus to control one of the most insidious invasive species, they decided to build one. Is it worth the risk? By Brendan Borrell All photos by Brendan Borrell Related Articles: 1 "Everyone was very excited about that," he says, because it meant that there might be a pathogen that would kill the cane toad and only the cane toad. In 1993, CSIRO received another $2 million AUD ($1.4

Brendan Borrell
Apr 1, 2008

Stopping the Cane Toad

When Australian scientists failed to find a virus to control one of the most insidious invasive species, they decided to build one. Is it worth the risk?

By Brendan Borrell
All photos by Brendan Borrell

Related Articles:

1 "Everyone was very excited about that," he says, because it meant that there might be a pathogen that would kill the cane toad and only the cane toad. In 1993, CSIRO received another $2 million AUD ($1.4 million US) for four more years of research.

Shine's group has found that the benefit for a male colonizing a new waterhole is so great that advancing toads are evolving longer legs, which allows them to hop westward more quickly.

A solution seemed to be near. Hyatt ran some trials at AAHL and found that the viruses killed 100% of their cane toad tadpoles, which is the most susceptible stage in...