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Biocontrol of common carp in Australia poses risks to biosecurity

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To the Editor — The Australian government is considering employing the koi herpesvirus (KHV) for biocontrol of invasive common carp ( Cyprinus carpio ) in the Murray–Darling river system of southeast Australia in 2018 1 , 2 . KHV is on the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) list of notifiable diseases 3 , yet the biocontrol programme has been framed as a safe and manageable proposition 1 , 2 .

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  1. Jackie Lighten and Cock van Oosterhout School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, NR4 7TJ, UK.

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