The roles of stress and immunocompetence in biological invasions [ 2009-03-06 - 2014-03-05 ]

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Researchers: Dr Benjamin Phillips (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Richard Shine (Chief Investigator)

Brief description The roles of stress and immunocompetence in biological invasions. Invasive species pose a major threat to biodiversity worldwide; and within Australia, cane toads are widely viewed as one of the biggest such problems. Building on recent studies that reveal weakened immune systems in invasion-front toads, this project will provide a comprehensive understanding of immune responses in cane toads and native frogs, with the aim of exploiting the toads' immunocompromised state to develop new and more effective control measures. The project will develop a new paradigm about the roles of stress and immunity in biological invasion, applicable to the control of other invasive species and to understanding processes at work when environmental changes force species to shift their ranges.

Funding Amount $900,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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