New South Wales Government Backs Biocontrol Research in Fight Against Mouse Plague

As farmers in New South Wales continue to battle a mouse plague, the state government announced on June 3 a AU$50 million package for control measures including funds for research into genetic population control.

This footage was recorded by Nicole Fragar on May 15, in Tottenham, and shows a scene typical of the plague that has overwhelmed farmers and their crops for months.

The damage caused by the mice has been estimated at close to AU$1 billion.

The NSW government said the research would test two strategies for population control, including the so-called “X-shredder” approach, which eliminates sperm carrying the X chromosome, producing more male than female offspring; and the “female infertility” approach, which would spread infertility through the population. Credit: Nicole Fragar via Storyful