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Incorporation of data on rabbit haemorrhagic disease and myxomatosis into the rabbit management decision support system - VC0226

Description
The VC02 research programme aims to meet DEFRA’s policy need to secure means for occupiers to fulfil their responsibilities for rabbit control under the 1954 Pests Act. At the core of the current programme is the development of a decision-support system to provide guidance for those concerned with statutory and advisory work concerning the extensive damage rabbits cause to agricultural interests. Underpinning this system is a model of rabbit population biology that has been validated and, in general, makes reliable predictions for future rabbit numbers given different control scenarios. However, sometimes the predictions are compromised by the inability of the model to predict the occurrence and effect of rabbit diseases, notably rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) and myxomatosis. Project VC0222 seeks to measure the impact of RHD on rabbit populations, and there is a substantial amount of information on myxomatosis in both the scientific literature and unpublished data held at CSL. Here we aim to collate these data on the population effects of both myxomatosis and RHD and integrate them into the CSL decision support system rabbit population model. This will increase the reliability of the model and thus enhance its value for users.
Objective
1. To determine the type and availability of suitable data on RHD (31/08/01).
2. To collate the relevant RHD epidemiological data (30/09/01).
3. To collate the relevant myxomatosis data, and perform any necessary analysis of previous databases (31/10/01).
4. To integrate the available disease data into the rabbit population model (31/12/01).
5. To validate the population model results with field data (31/03/02).
Project Documents
• Final Report : Incorporation of data on rabbit haemorrhagic disease and myxomatosis into the rabbit management decision support system   (100k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £34,995
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Keywords
Animals              
Peer Review              
Pest and Weed Control              
Pest Control              
Plants and Animals              
Rabbits              
Wildlife Management              
Fields of Study
Wildlife Management