A recent seminar hosted by the Invasive Animals CRC on advances in cane toad research sparked a frenzy of media attention. Pestat Pty Ltd, one of the CRC's participant companies revealed development of a lethal spray - HopStop - which they are seeking to register for household use. Sydney Uni's Rick Shine revealed latest research on a lungworm, Rhabdias, that debilitates cane toads and might be useful for slowing down their advance across the Top End. Queensland Uni's Rob Capon explained how his lab is unravelling the chemical ecology of the toad, trying to find chinks in its armour. Collaboration between these two universities is leading to the unravelling of an alarm pheromone emitted by distressed cane toad tadpoles.
Some of the media response is shown below.