Use of Chemical Ecology for control of the cane toad

Hayes, R. A., Barrett, A., Alewood, P. F., Grigg, G. C. and Capon, R. J. (2008). Use of Chemical Ecology for control of the cane toad. In Hurst, J. L., Beynon, R. J., Roberts, S. C. and Wyatt, T. D. (Ed.), Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11 (pp. 409-417) University of Chester, United Kingdom: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-73945-8_39

Author Hayes, R. A.
Barrett, A.
Alewood, P. F.
Grigg, G. C.
Capon, R. J.
Title of chapter Use of Chemical Ecology for control of the cane toad
Title of book Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11
Place of Publication University of Chester, United Kingdom
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1007/978-0-387-73945-8_39
Series Array
ISBN 978-0-387-73944-1
Editor Hurst, J. L.
Beynon, R. J.
Roberts, S. C.
Wyatt, T. D.
Chapter number 39
Start page 409
End page 417
Total pages 6
Total chapters 39
Language eng
Subjects 960406 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
030502 Natural Products Chemistry
050199 Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary In 1935, 101 cane toads, B. marinus, were introduced into north Queensland, Australia in an attempt to control the greyback cane beetle, Dermolepida albohirtum, a pest of sugar cane fields. The cane toad was, however, completely unable to control the beetles and itself became a successful pest. Since their arrival, cane toads have been implicated in the population declines of many native frog species and mammalian and reptilian predators. These effects are through predation, competition and the toxic secretions produced by the toad, poisoning potential predators. While the toxic nature of their secretions has been long known, only a part of the chemical complexity of the secretion has been identified to a molecular level. Our study aims to look at how diverse the chemical composition of cane toad skin secretions is, as well as its variability across life-history stages, between individuals and also whether different populations of toads may show differences in their chemistry. Beyond this, the chemical ecology of the toad, which probably includes pheromonal communication, may offer opportunities for control of this pest.
Keyword behavioral ecology
chemical signaling
Q-Index Code B1
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