We allow destructive sampling of insect specimens for scientific study under strict conditions.

1. Policy 

  • 1.1. The ANIC welcomes all proposals to use its collections in as many ways as possible to help further scientific study.
  • 1.2. Destructive or invasive sampling of specimens for research purposes generally involves irreversible changes (including complete destruction) to the samples.
  • 1.3. The destructive sampling policy will govern a variety of situations, including: scanning electron microscope studies (SEM), which involve a metallic coating of specimens; morphological disarticulation studies; serological or protein studies; and chromosome or DNA research.
  • 1.4. The ANIC will assess a request for destructive sampling of specimens in terms of its scientific, historical and cultural importance; the needs of both present and future users; and the legal and ethical issues as they relate to the material.
  • 1.5. Where possible, any specimens to be destructively sampled should be taken from a series of specimens of the same population of the taxon with the exact same data (e.g. locality, date, collector, etc.).

2. Procedure 

  • 2.1. Proposals for research involving use of whole or part specimens for dissection or destructive or invasive sampling should be completed using the online application form and addressed to the Collection Manager.
  • 2.2. The proposal should include:
    • 2.2.1. A brief outline of the project;
    • 2.2.2. A brief justification for using the material to do the project;
    • 2.2.3. Evidence that the proposed techniques produce reliable results; and
    • 2.2.4. Evidence that the requestor has the necessary experience.
  • 2.3. The Collection Manager and/or relevant research staff will evaluate the proposal. Further information or references may be requested.
  • 2.4. If the proposal is acceptable the Collection Manager will decide, in consultation, which specimens, if any, may be used. The ANIC reserves the right to refuse permission for the use of destructive sampling on its specimens.

3. Terms of Agreement 

  • 3.1. The Collection Manager and/or relevant research staff must agree to proposed invasive techniques. ANIC staff can advise on suitable techniques.
  • 3.2. The applicant agrees to:
    • 3.2.1. Return to the ANIC all remaining material including the original mount, dissected parts and any preparations.
    • 3.2.2. Make permanent preparations of all remaining parts;
    • 3.2.3. Provide GenBank/EMBL accession numbers or computer readable copies of sequence data derived from the ANIC specimens as soon as possible, but no later than the acceptance of the paper for publication, or as soon as the numbers are issued. The ANIC undertakes not to disseminate these data until after they are accepted for publication;
    • 3.2.4. Provide each permanent preparation with a direct copy of the specimen data including determination; in permanent ink on an archival quality label.
    • 3.2.5. Fully cross-­reference all preparations with the original specimen;
    • 3.2.6. Conform to the normal loan regulations where material is to be removed from the ANIC;
    • 3.2.7. Identify specimens as far as possible before dissection or preparation;
    • 3.2.8. Publish jointly with ANIC staff if the latter have contributed significantly to the work;
    • 3.2.9. Acknowledge ANIC staff and the use of the Collection in publications involving the ANIC specimens; and
    • 3.2.10. Send to the ANIC reprints of publication involving the use of ANIC specimens.
  • 3.3. Material can only be passed to third parties with the approval of the Collection Manager.
  • 3.4. The ANIC retains all rights to DNA sequences or altered whole or parts of specimens derived from material in its collection. The research and the results of the research may not be commercially exploited in any way without the prior written agreement of the CSIRO. Such agreements may be refused at the CSIRO’s absolute discretion or granted subject to such conditions as the CSIRO decides.
  • 3.5. The material should not be used for commercial or profit­‐making purposes without appropriate permission from the ANIC or CSIRO.
  • 3.6. The recipient shall comply with all laws, regulations and/or guidelines applying to use of the material and assume sole responsibility for any claims or liabilities that may arise as a result of the recipients use of the material.

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