Virus combo gets the jump on pest rabbits

LANDOWNERS across Aust­ralia have gained an advantage in the fight against pest rabbits through the combination of two biological controls.

Researchers examining the growing immunity of rabbits to the myxoma and rabbit haemorrhagic disease viruses have discovered a positive interaction between the two.

The estimated economic benefit to agriculture from the introduced biocontrol to reduce pest rabbits — myxoma virus in 1950 and rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus in 1995 — now exceeds $70billion.

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