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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment
19 November 1997
Greater knowledge of Australian octopuses, spiders, ants and a raft of other species will be the outcome of 52 research projects being funded by the Australian Biological Resources Study.
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill has announced funding of $1.2 million for 1997-98 for vital taxonomic research into identifying and describing a range of relatively unknown Australian plants, animals and micro-organisms.
Four projects totalling $19 400 will be conducted by researchers in South Australia.
"More than 75 per cent of Australia's species remain a mystery because they are yet to be studied in detail.
"Through this national grants program, important support is provided for taxonomists to gather, synthesise and produce critical inventories of our plants and animals, particularly for species that are still completely unknown.
"Among the projects, the South Australian Museum receives a $2 000 grant to develop an easier way of distinguishing between the estimated 120 species of ants in one of the most common ant groups, called Camponotus ants.
"A researcher at the University of Adelaide will use a $4 000 grant to study one of the largest families of parasitic wasps in Australia, while private researchers will study species of terrestrial mites and the tropical Acanthus plant family with grants totalling $13 400.
"The Australian Biological Resources Study plays a critical role in helping Australians better understand the natural environment, laying the groundwork for improved conservation strategies and potential nature-based industries.
"Apart from helping us better understand Australia's biodiversity, this work will add to the scientific basis on which large-scale conservation projects, such as those being supported by the Natural Heritage Trust, are based."
A list of the South Australian projects is attached.
Contact: Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Liz Visher (Australian Biological Resources Study) 02 6250 9554
19 November 1997
|Organisation:||South Australian Museum|
Revision of Australian Parasitengona (Acari)
Revision of the Endemic Australian Braconid Wasps Betylobraconinae and Mesostoinae
|Organisation:||University of Adelaide|
|Contact:||Dr Andrew Austin|
Acanthaceae for Flora of Australia
Liz Visher, Australian Biological Resources Study, 02 6250 9554