CSIRO is the custodian of a number of collections of animal and plant specimens that contribute to national and international biological knowledge. Together, they constitute a vast storehouse of information about Australia’s biodiversity and underpin a significant part of the country’s taxonomic, genetic, agricultural and ecological research - making these vital resources for conservation and the development of sustainable land and marine management systems.
This unique living resource of Australian biodiversity contains marine and freshwater microalgal classes sourced from tropical Australia to Antarctica. The collection provides microalgae cultures to research and industry in Australia and overseas.
For over 50 years the Australian Tree Seed Centre has been collecting, researching and supplying quality, fully documented tree seed sourced from wild populations and through our seed improvement programs, to both domestic and overseas customers.
Our collection helps sustainably manage Australia’s marine biodiversity. We partner with researchers both nationally and globally to support marine research and ecologically sustainable management.
The Australian National Herbarium is one of the largest plant collections in the country, providing crucial information on Australia's native flora.
The Australian National Insect Collection is the world's largest collection of Australian insects and related groups such as mites, spiders, worms and centipedes. With over 12 million specimens the collection is a 'physical database' providing a unique source of biological information.
Our Australian National Wildlife Collection provides important information on Australia's wildlife heritage through the collection of land vertebrates including birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
The Atlas provides free, online access to a vast repository of information about Australia's amazing biodiversity. It brings together data such as species distribution, images, maps, identification tools and molecular data.
Lepidoptera, otherwise known as moths or butterflies, is one of the most diverse insect orders and probably one of the best-loved insect groups.
We provide high quality microalgae 'starter' cultures and complementary technical advice to industry, the research sector and educational institutions.