Carbon Monoxide Rabbit Warren Fumigator

Summary

This project is a legacy from initial research funded through the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre. The outcome of this project was to develop a highly portable carbon monoxide fumigator, as a new agricultural product for rabbit management. 

In 2017, the project received funding, to undertake further assessments and field trials of the product. However, due to a series of insurmountable engineering challenges the project was terminated in early 2018 by mutual agreement. The device was unable to meet the minimum requirement of 6% CO (± 0.5%) (based on Gigliottti 2009) that could be sustained long enough to have an effect within burrows.  The best result achieved to date is 4.2% CO for about 4 minutes.   

Reference 

Gigliotti, F., Marks, C. A., & Busana, F. (2009). Performance and humaneness of chloropicrin, phosphine and carbon monoxide as rabbit-warren fumigants. Wildlife Research, 36(4), 333-341. 

Status

Terminated

Project Leader



Dr Simon Humphrys
Project Team

Bill Aylett

Project Partners

This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources through an external research grant separate to the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions current innovation portfolio 

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