Services

Our mission is to improve the health and resilience of Australia’s diverse ecosystems, ranging from farms to urban creeks and alpine forests.

We have a long history studying and working with native and invasive animals, including tiny agricultural pests like the green peach aphid, to unique and vulnerable creatures, such as the elusive platypus.

Our skill sets and services are highly diverse and work in synergy to support our areas of expertise: biodiversity and threatened species conservation, integrated pest management of agricultural invertebrates, and biosecurity risk and incursion management.

Research & applied science

Innovation and scientific rigour are core to our values. We have extensive research experience with a proven track record of discovery, scientific excellence and peer-reviewed publications.

Invertebrate pest management research

We undertake research that supports sustainable invertebrate pest management

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Insecticide resistance monitoring and stewardship

We are at the forefront of insecticide resistance surveillance, testing and management.

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Biosecurity preparedness, diagnostics and incursion support

We conduct research to support pre-border, border and post-border biosecurity efforts.

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Evolutionary conservation

We have pioneered a new field called evolutionary conservation that better supports threatened and climate impacted native species.

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Fauna and flora field surveys

We undertake specialised fieldwork and surveillance to better understand species ecology and population dynamics.

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Data science and modelling

We use data-driven science and modelling to improve the prediction and management of complex ecological systems.

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Bioassays and microcosm trials

We undertake independent, needs-specific invertebrate bioassays and field simulated microcosm trials for plant protection clients.

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Invertebrate identification and taxonomy

We provide invertebrate identification and diagnostics through morphological and molecular methods.

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Genetic services

We have a comprehensive genetic ‘toolkit’ and offer a range of cutting-edge molecular techniques to support conservation, pest management and biosecurity efforts.

Genetic marker analysis

Our staff are experts in genetic marker development and analysis for animal and plant populations.

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Chytrid testing

We offer a competitively priced and fast Chytridiomycosis (chytrid) detection service.

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Scat analysis

We can undertake scat genotyping to identify species, individuals and sex.

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Environmental DNA (eDNA)

EnviroDNA was born out of Cesar Australia and is at the forefront of using environmental DNA (eDNA) for species detection.

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Science education and extension

We are passionate about explaining our research and current knowledge so as to educate and empower our audiences and ensure that valuable scientific studies and insights don’t just sit on the shelf.

Social research and meeting facilitation

Our experience in social research design and execution is complementary to the extension work we undertake.

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Educational resources and decision-aid tools

Producing creative and informative educational technical resources is key to improving the capability of the end-users of our research.

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Pest and beneficial identification workshop

Industry training and event coordination

We offer customised training workshops on insect identification, management and plant biosecurity.

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Citizen science programs

We engage with the broader community to encourage wonder, interest and action across conservation, agriculture, and biosecurity.

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Seasonal pest management updates and advice

We provide advice on key pests and beneficials to look out for during the growing season.

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Strategic extension planning

Improved research and development (R&D) adoption starts with a well laid plan.

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Facilities

An important part of performing excellent research is access to state of the art equipment and facilities.

Pesticide and entomology laboratories

Our pesticide and entomology laboratories are fully equipped to study invertebrates and to test pesticides on different species. The laboratories contain a Potter Spray Tower, which is internationally recognised as the standard equipment of reference for chemical spraying techniques in the laboratory, Leica stereomicroscopes, controlled environment rooms and invertebrate rearing facilities. 

Molecular testing

Our molecular genetics laboratory is structured to maintain sample integrity and eliminate contaminate risk throughout the diagnostics process. We can even take our genetic testing out of the lab and into the field, courtesy of cutting edge technologies, such as Biomeme.

Shadehouse 

Our shadehouse allows us to conduct invertebrate microcosm trials and enables us to replicate semi field conditions, something we cannot achieve in the laboratory. This strengthens the quality and the rigour of the research we conduct.