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International Day for Biological Diversity 2013

22 May is the International Day for Biological Diversity and the 2013 theme is Water and Biodiversity.

Biodiversity in CSIRO Entomology

A knowledge of Australia’s invertebrate biodiversity is fundamental to managing our ecosystems, both natural and man made.

The Atlas of Living Australia

CSIRO is the lead partner in the Atlas of Living Australia which is a collaborative, national project focused on making biodiversity information more accessible and useable.

Bogong moths

Bogong moths have migrated from their breeding areas to the mountains every spring for thousands of years.

Scribbly gums: interpreting their scribbles

CSIRO research on scribbly gums describes the biology and lifecycle of the moths responsible for the iconic patterns on Australian eucalypts.

Willow sawfly

Willow sawfly, first identified in Australia in 2005 and now well established in the ACT and surrounding areas (Queanbeyan, Braidwood and Cooma) of south east New South Wales (NSW), attacks both pest and amenity willows.

The Australian salute: nuisance flies

This fact sheet explains how flies differ from other insects and describes characteristics of some of the more common species associated with human activity.

Thrips (Thysanoptera)

Thrips are often little known by most people, but some species are considered major agricultural pests.

Trapdoor spiders

Trapdoor spiders are found across most of Australia and consist of many different species from several families, although not all species build a trap door for their burrow.

Blue ants: the ‘ants’ that are really wasps

Despite their name, blue ants are wingless female wasps, which run around searching for prey to paralyse as food for their larvae.

Australian summer chorus

Cicadas live a secretive life underground for most of the year but emerge, sometimes suddenly and in great numbers during late spring and early summer to fill the air with their deafening drone.

Sawflies: a close relative of wasps

Sawflies, or spitfires, are not flies but relatives of wasps, and are noted for the large clumps that their larvae form on gum trees.

White-tailed spider

White-tailed spiders are common in urban environments and are often found wandering houses at night in search of prey. Their bite has been implicated in tissue ulceration; however there has been little evidence to substantiate such claims.

Healthy Country, Healthy People: Supporting Indigenous engagement in the sustainable management of Northern Territory land and seas

CSIRO worked with partners to develop a strategic framework for investment in Indigenous cultural and natural resource management in the Northern Territory.

Aboriginal land and sea management in the Top End: a community-driven evaluation

This report presents a community driven evaluation of Aboriginal land and sea management in the Top End of the Northern Territory, undertaken in partnership with 15 Aboriginal people from different parts of the Top End and representing all of the Northern Land Council regions. (166 pages)

Biodiversity Month 2012

September 2012 is Biodiversity month in Australia and CSIRO is showcasing their exciting research in this field.

Executive Summary: Healthy Country, Healthy People: Supporting Indigenous engagement in the sustainable management of Northern Territory land and seas

This is an executive summary of the Healthy Country, Healthy People Strategic Framework to guide government investment in Indigenous cultural and natural resource management in the Northern Territory. (22 pages)

Economic costs of solid waste pollution in Palau

Palau is renowned for its pristine natural environment which supports tourism, fishing and other extractive industries, as well as a resident population. Crucial to ensuring the ongoing quality of Palau’s natural environment is effective management of solid waste.

Economic costs of water pollution in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Water pollution is a significant issue for many small island nations with fringing reefs. CSIRO estimated that sound watershed management could save the community of the Cook Islands millions of dollars that currently are spent dealing with the consequences of water pollution.

Funnel-web spider

Funnel-web spiders are some of the world’s most deadly spiders and are found in coastal and mountain regions of Australia from Queensland to South Australia.

Plant diversity and conservation

CSIRO studies Australian plant diversity and community ecology and aims to conserve and protect it against threats such as exotic plant invasions.

Wolf spiders

Wolf spiders are found throughout Australia ranging in habitats from coastal forests to inland woodlands, shrublands and alpine areas.

White-stemmed gum moth

White-stemmed gum moths are one of the largest species of moth found in eastern Australia and while adults are rarely seen, caterpillars can be found wandering suburban gardens in search of a place to pupate.

VegTrack: natural resource management database

VegTrack provides users with critical natural resource management information to monitor and assess their activities.

The value of Australia's tropical rivers

CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems research aims to inform land management decisions by valuing the ecosystem services that tropical rivers provide.

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