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Resources: Collections

Listed below are Australian insect and fungal collections that may prove useful as reference sources for identification of pests and pathogens affecting eucalypt species.


Australian National Insect Collection
The Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) is the world's largest collection of Australian insects and related groups such as mites, spiders, earthworms, nematodes and centipedes. There are over 12 million specimens housed in the Collection which is maintained by CSIRO Entomology in Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory. The collection was started in 1928 and each year the collection grows by more than 100 000 specimens.

NSW insect & pathogen Collections
The Agricultural Scientific Collections Unit (ASCU) maintains a collection that contains; 500,000 pinned insects; 30,000 slide-mounted mites and smaller insects; and 30,000 specimens stored in alcohol.
The Plant Pathology Herbarium (HERB-DAR) has about 100,000 specimens of fungi, viruses, nematodes and bacteria of economic importance. About 2000 type specimens are held and these specimens are loaned on request.

WA Invertebrate Reference Collection
The Western Australian Department of Agriculture Insect Reference Collection contains approximately 200,000 specimens. Specimens held can be searched for online.


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