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Ecological invaders: reducing the impact of cane toads in Australia

The University of Sydney

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM (AEDT)

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Ecological invaders: reducing the impact of cane toads in Australia

Presented by Professor Rick Shine
ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Biology, Faculty of Science, The University of Sydney

Brought to Australia in 1935 in a futile attempt to control insect pests in agriculture, cane toads have now spread all the way across Queensland and the Northern Territory, and are travelling even faster through Western Australia. Isolated populations have sprung in New South Wales also, including in the suburbs of Sydney.  The toads have had a devastating impact on native animals, fatally poisoning lizards, snakes, marsupials and even crocodiles.

What can we do to control cane toads, and to reduce their impact on native species? Professor Rick Shine heads a major research program that has set out to answer those questions, and his work has already attracted a swag of awards both for the quality of the science, and for Rick's ability to transmit his knowledge and enthusiasm to the general public. Join Rick as he describes the results from his team's latest studies, including their successful development of a way to stop toads from breeding, and their innovative approach to keep native predators alive by teaching them not to eat toads.


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Eastern Avenue Auditorium and Theatre Complex



Wednesday, 13 March 2013 from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM (AEDT)


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