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Maintenance of the Cane Toad Facility at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL). ISP#06

Identification, Characterisation And Assessment Of Venezuelan Viruses For Potential Use As Biological Control Agents Against The Cane toad (Bufo marinus) In Australia.
Dr Alex Hyatt, Dr Helen Parkes, Dr Zeljko Zupanovic, May 1998.
CSIRO, Australia

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Seven viruses isolated from toads and frogs in Venezuela, plus a similar North American virus, were tested in Australia for their ability to infect and cause disease in cane toads and Australian frogs. They were shown to cause disease and death under some circumstances in both cane toads and native frogs. It was concluded that these viruses are not suitable for use as biological control agents for cane toads in Australia. The Venezuelan viruses were also extensively characterised and compared to other viruses from the same genus (family Iridoviridae, genus Ranavirus). The seven isolates were shown to be similar enough to be considered the same virus, named Guatopo virus, but distinct from other known ranaviruses.

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