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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, shrubs 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.
Two projects totalling $29 400 will be conducted by the Tasmanian Herbarium.
"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.
"Researchers at the Tasmanian Herbarium will update a guide for students to the flora of Tasmania, to include some plant species new to science, and will also study the Cunoniaceae family of tree and shrubs which covers a number of timber species.
"Among the other projects, the University of Melbourne receives $37 000 to conduct an important study of at least 60 species of octopuses in Australian waters, including identifying current and potential fisheries species.
"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 some of the projects, including those for Tasmania, is attached.
Contact: Matt Brown (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 693 515
Liz Visher (Australian Biological Resources Study) 02 6250 9554
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|Contact:||Dennis Morris and Winifred Curtis|
Systematic Studies in Australian Cunoniaceae
02 6250 9554
|Organisation:||University of Melbourne, Department of Zoology|
Systematics and Biogeography of the Australian Lychas Scorpions (Scorpionida: Buthidae)
|Organisation:||Curtin University of Technology|
|Contact:||Associate Professor Jonathan Majer|
Systematic Classification of Species of the Genus Culicoides from the Australasian Region
|Organisation:||CSIRO, Division of Entomology|