Entomology Department, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia
Data Center Description
CSIRO Entomology is the largest single organisation in Australia conducting research into insects, related arthropods and terrestrial invertebrates. Established in Canberra in 1928, this Division of CSIRO employs over 300 staff in research centres around Australia and overseas.
Our international reputation as a centre of excellence in entomological research is founded upon the quality of our science and the relevance of our research to economic, environmental and social issues.
CSIRO Entomology aims to generate economic, social and environmental benefits for all Australians through research into insects and their management by:
-understanding the role of insects and other invertebrates in the natural, urban and rural environments,
-developing safe and sustainable methods of pest and weed management, and
-using insects as models to understand fundamental biological processes.
Research in CSIRO Entomology is arranged into five strategic research areas: Plant Protection, Product Protection, Bio-industries, Natural Resource Management and Biosecurity.
We work closely with industry through Australian and international enterprises; government departments at local, State and Federal levels; and rural industry R&D corporations. Much of our research is applied towards the development of ecologically sustainable strategies for the management of insect pests and noxious weeds. Other research focuses on the use of invertebrates as sensitive indicators of environmental degradation and the development of technologies to remediate contaminants in the environment.
Through the work of the Australian National Insect Collection - ANIC (identified by the Commonwealth Government as a Major Research Facility), we aim to document Australia's insect fauna and to understand its role in major processes in Australian ecosystems.