RHDV1 K5 (rabbit biocontrol agent)


After more than five years of testing, assessments and rigourous approval processes, a new strain of rabbit calicivirus, known as RHDV1 K5 became available to the market after its national release in March 2017.

The national release of RHDV1 K5 was delivered through Invasive Animals CRC partners (the predecessor organisation of the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions), with major financial and in kind resources provided by the Australian and NSW governments, CSIRO, Meat and Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation and Foundation for Rabbit Free Australia.

RHDV1 K5 is currently available in freeze-dried form from NSW Department of Primary Industries Virology Laboratory. The RHDV1 Czech v351 strain is also available.

Due to developing the product as a freeze-died formula, the cost of transport is much cheaper than needing to transport at fridge or freezing temperature.

Where can I purchase it?

To order either of these products, please contact the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Email: virology.enquiries@dpi.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 4640 6337.