CIE Seminar Series – 2019: When, where and how to release and use CyHV-3 to control carp

SPEAKER: Dr Peter Durr, Senior Veterinary Epidemiologist, Australian Animal Health Laboratory (CSIRO-AAHL), Geelong, Victoria

DATE: Friday, 26th July 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – Room ka4.207 (Green room)

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)


Common carp (C. carpio) are a serious invasive species of the rivers and waterways of south-eastern Australia, and are incriminated as a contributing factor to the decline of native fish populations. Currently, the potential of a viral biocontrol agent, Cyprinus herpes virus-3 (CyHV-3) to reduce carp populations is being assessed through a research program coordinated by the National Carp Control Plan (

One such research project aims to assist in determining where, when and how to best release the virus to achieve sustainable reduction of carp populations. To this end we adopted an integrated modelling approach, whereby we have developed hydrological, habitat suitability, demographic and epidemiological models to enable us to explore scenarios of release.

This modelling shows that – given key assumptions of transmission – that the virus can be expected to achieve sustained reduction of populations for at least 10 years, and potentially for a longer period, conditional on the absence of rapid build-up of genetic resistance by the carp population.


Peter Durr has worked as a veterinary epidemiologist for the past 20 years, initially at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (Weybridge) in the UK, and since 2006 with CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) based in Geelong, Victoria.

At AAHL, his work has mostly been on the epidemiology of Transboundary Animal Diseases of livestock, but has included work on the role of wildlife and feral species as reservoirs for infectious diseases including fruit bats and Hendra virus, camels and MERS-CoV and captive birds and avian influenza and Newcastle disease.

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