Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003
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Dr Kennett Written Submissions Cane Toad Inquiry Report Volume 2 140 presumably be necessary both to reduce mainland populations and to control outbreaks in toad free areas. My understanding of the current research into bio-control measures is that it at least 5-10 years before the control agent is ready for testing. There will then need to be rigorous testing before release and it is likely that it will be the subject of considerable public debate. As the committee will have access to the latest information on bio-control including independent scientific experts it would be timely to provide a public education information on issues such as the time frame for development and to release; prospects for success of the technique; what the testing procedure is and what are the risks to native wildlife and ecosystems associated with releasing the control agent. Dr Rod Kennett
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