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Rabbit Calicivirus Disease - Magic Bullet or Pandora's Box?
A Case Study on Biological Controls
Gary M. Fortier
The characters in this dilemma case, representing the scientific community and government, must make a decision about whether or not to release a virulent pathogen into the environment in order to control the rapidly expanding population of European rabbits in New Zealand. As they work through the case, students grapple with the complex issues associated with introduced species and biological controls. The case was originally written for a wildlife management course taught to college juniors and seniors.
|Keywords:||Biocontrol; biological control; calicivirus; myxoma; species introduction; alien species; introduced species; pest management; European rabbit; New Zealand; environmental decision-making|
|Topical Area:||Ethics, Policy issues|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate upper division, Graduate|
|Type/Method:||Dilemma/Decision, Jig-Saw, Problem-Based Learning|
|Subject Headings:||Wildlife Management Ecology Zoology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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