Use of chemical ecology for control of the cane toad?

Hayes, R. Andrew, Barrett, Alexis, Alewood, Paul F., Grigg, Gordon C. and Capon, Robert J. (2008). Use of chemical ecology for control of the cane toad?. In: Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11. 11th International Symposium on Chemical Signals in Vertebrates, Chester England, (409-417). Jul 25-28, 2006. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-73945-8_39

Author Hayes, R. Andrew
Barrett, Alexis
Alewood, Paul F.
Grigg, Gordon C.
Capon, Robert J.
Title of paper Use of chemical ecology for control of the cane toad?
Conference name 11th International Symposium on Chemical Signals in Vertebrates
Conference location Chester England
Conference dates Jul 25-28, 2006
Proceedings title Chemical Signals in Vertebrates 11
Place of Publication New York United States
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1007/978-0-387-73945-8_39
ISBN 978-0-387-73944-1
Volume 11
Start page 409
End page 417
Total pages 9
Language eng
Formatted 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 Bufo-Marinus
Skin secretions
Giant toad
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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