Public Lecture - 'The Atlas of Living Australia - Sharing Biodiversity Knowledge to Shape Our Future"

Abstract

Information about the plants, animals and microorganisms that surround us is important in many different fields, including land-use planning, crop protection, medicine, conservation and management of renewable resources.  These activities require knowledge of the range of species occurring, or potentially occurring, in any region; the distinguishing characteristics of each species; their life cycles and biology; how they can be conserved or controlled; their place and role in different ecosystems; their genes and how these are expressed; and much more.  The Atlas of Living Australia has been funded to develop tools to help users find all of this information for organisms found in Australia. This presentation will review some of the opportunities facing us as we integrate biodiversity knowledge.

Donald Hobern

  Last Modified: 06 August 2008