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Unformatted text preview: 1. 2. 3. 4. Example of the use of Biological Control to reduce the population of a pest species In 1859, European rabbits were introduced to Australia for sport by Thomas Austin. .. Australians have been cursing him ever since. Myxomatosis is caused by the myxoma virus. The disease was discovered in South America in 1896 where it had devastating effect on the European rabbit, imported early that century. The myxoma virus was endemic to the local wild rabbit population which was mostly resistant to the disease and acted as the natural reservoir. Myxomatosis virus (from South American jungle rabbits) was introduced to Australia in 1950 - 1951, killed ~ 99.8% of the infected rabbits in the first epidemic. The following season 90%, the third year 40-60%. Why did the lethality of myxomatosis decrease?...
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