Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

Acronym: CSIRO


CSIRO is the custodian of several collections of animal and plant specimens that contribute to national and international biological knowledge.

The Australian National Biological Collections underpin the discovery, inventory, understanding and conservation of Australia's plant and animal biodiversity.

The National Biological collections managed by CSIRO are listed below. Together they constitute a vast storehouse of information about Australia's biodiversity. They underpin a significant part of the country's taxonomic, genetic, agricultural, ecological and biosecurity research. They are therefore vital resources which can inform decision making in conservation and the development of sustainable land management systems.

CSIRO is acting as the host organisation for the Atlas of Living Australia and employs a small team of Atlas staff based at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Canberra.


  1. Australian National Algae Culture Collection The Australian National Algae Culture Collection (ANACC) is housed at the Hobart laboratories of CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.
  2. Australian National Fish Collection The Australian National Fish Collection, based at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Hobart, is a comprehensive and internationally-renowned biodiversity reference and research facility.
  3. Australian National Herbarium The Australian National Herbarium (Index Herbariorum code: CANB) provides a national focus for plant taxonomic and systematic endeavour and serves as the Commonwealth's prime resource for botanical information...
  4. Australian National Insect Collection The Australian National Insect Collection is recognized both nationally and internationally as a major research collection. It is the world's largest collection of Australian insects and related groups such as mites, spiders, nematodes and centipedes housing over 12 million specimens.
  5. Australian National Wildlife Collection The Australian National Wildlife Collection is a significant biodiversity resource aiding the study, classification and documentation of Australia's mammals, birds and reptiles.
  6. Australian Tropical Herbarium The Australian Tropical Herbarium (CNS) is a joint venture between James Cook University (JCU), the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) (- jointly owned by CSIRO and Department of Environment (DoE)), and the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI).
  7. CSIRO Food & Nutritional Sciences
  8. Dadswell Memorial Wood Collection Contains over 45,000 samples representing 10,000 species, 2200 genera and 240 botanical families. Approximately fifty percent of the wood specimens have been sectioned and slides prepared.

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Metadata last updated on 2017-09-21 01:04:41.0