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.
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.
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.
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.