is the sum total of the living resources on Earth. It
covers everything from genes to plant, animals, right
through to entire ecosystems.
Biodiversity is important for many reasons:
- it provides us with natural products including food,
medicines and timber,
- ecosystems underpin many of our natural resources
and provide services such as clean water, healthy
soil and pollination of crops,
- many people find enjoyment from the range of activities
they undertake in the natural enviroment.
CSE is finding ways to preserve and restore biodiversity
and looking to create a balance between human activities
and conservation, as well as studying the ways in which
species interact to maintain healthy ecosystems.
Further information about CSIRO biodiversity and conservation
research can be found in the following articles:
burning pressures Top End's biodiversity
- CSIRO research suggests that fires in the Northern
Territory could be having a negative impact on
biodiversity. ECOS 117, Oct-Dec 2003 (321kb)
add termites - termites play a key role
in restoring ecosystem health to areas damanged
by agriculture or mining. Find out more about
termites and their role in maintaining soil health.
ECOS April-June 2002 (899 kb)
Australia - CSE and Greening Australia
worked together in an effort to try to bring brids
back to agricultural landscapes. ECOS April-June
2002 (849 kb)
biodiversity - tropical forests are some of the
most biodiversity rich ecosystems on the planet. Understanding,
conserving and providing information for management
of the ecological processes of tropical rainforests
is a key goal for CSE's tropical landscapes program.
for Arid Zone Research (CAZR)- the research portfolio
for this Alice Springs-based centre includes projects
planning and biodiversity. Diversity within termite
populations and biodiversity of Australia's central
rangelands are just two of CAZR's projects.
Research at the Australian National Wildlife Collection
>> CSE Research