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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, scorpions, flies 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.
Six projects totalling $142 900 will be conducted by researchers in Western 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 Western Australian Museum receives a grant of $19 000 for research into the distribution patterns of ground-dwelling spiders, and $38 000 grant to expand our knowledge of Australia's marine sponges, about which very little is known.
"The Curtin University of Technology receives $13 000 for an important study of up to 30 new species of Australian scorpions, and the results should have significant ecological and medicinal importance.
"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 Western 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:||Curtin University of Technology|
|Contact:||Associate Professor Jonathan Majer|
Some Genera in the Angianthinae Inuleae - Asteraceae
|Organisation:||Western Australian Herbarium|
Taxonomic Revision of Gompholobium Smith and Sphaerolobium Smith (Leguminosae)
|Organisation:||University of Western Australia, Department of Botany|
Systematics and Biogeography of the South-West Australian Sponge Fauna, Orders Haplosclerida, Petrosida, Astrophorida and Hadromerida (Porifera: Demospongiae)
|Organisation:||Western Australian Museum|
The Systematics of Australian Spiders of the Subfamily Lachesaninae (Araneae: Zodariidae)
|Organisation:||Western Australian Museum, Department of Terrestrial Invertebrates|
Flora of Australia Treatments of Andersonia, Sprengelia, Cosmelia and Sphenotoma (Epacridaceae)
|Contact:||Kristina L Lemson|
02 6250 9554