Invasive Plant and Animal Science unit

Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

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Researchers surveying Navua sedge in eastern Africa

In collaboration with national and international partners, the Invasive Plant and Animal Science unit in Biosecurity Queensland delivers science-based tools and management practices to Queensland landholders, local governments and other land managers. We provide a better understanding of pest species' ecology and impacts, which are critical to their management. The Unit delivers on approximately 40 ongoing research projects in any given year. These projects are delivered from five research locations in Queensland coordinated through three statewide research programs: weed ecology and management; weed biocontrol; and pest animals

Website https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/business-priorities/biosecurity/invasive-plants-animals/research/current

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • PC2 research and diagnostic capability
  • QC3 containment capability for biocontrol and insect imports
  • QC3 containment capability for emergency biosecurity diagnostics
  • Fruit fly disinfestation research
  • Stored grain pest research
  • Weed control research
  • Fisheries monitoring
  • Forestry pest and disease research
  • Rumen ecology research
  • Plant pest and disease diagnostics

Facilities and major equipment

  • QC3 greenhouses
  • QC2 and PC2 greenhouses
  • Controlled environment greenhouses
  • QC3 laboratories
  • 30 controlled environment rooms
  • 6 plant growth rooms
  • PC2/QC2 laboratories
  • Coldrooms and freezer rooms
  • Transmission Electron Microscope
  • Timber workshop

Number of research staff

100-200 research staff

Address

Ecosciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road, , Dutton Park, 4102

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Organisation type

  • Queensland Government – Partner

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