This project will deliver reference quality data assets for Australian pests and invasive species to facilitate the development and uptake of modern genome-based approaches to the management of these species

Australian researchers and pest species managers are developing chemical, biological and genetic control strategies directed at native and invasive pest species. However, many critical species with environmental, agricultural and public health impacts lack good quality reference datasets such as genomes of relevance to Australia, associated population data and pipelines for downstream use and analysis of data assets.

The ultimate beneficiaries will be the Australian people who will benefit from reduced public health risks and the reduction of impacts of these species.

Start date 1 January 2021
Expected completion date 30 June 2023
Investment by ARDC $499,000
Lead node
1 Identify and collate existing pest genome datasets
Collate national and international pest and invasive species data with the appropriate metadata.
2 Workflow and data asset management
Deliver workflows and software pipelines to the wider community along with connectivity to interactive analytical tools.
3 Data access
Make the collated and curated reference genomics data asset available via CSIRO’s Data Access Portal.

Core features

Search and access to version-controlled and continuously curated raw and processed data via existing CoreTrustSeal certified repository.
Software linkages
Generated data assets linked to existing software assets which can be provided as training modules for students, researchers and citizen scientists.
Well documented laboratory methods and pipelines available alongside the data.

Who is this project for?

  • Agricultural organisations
  • Environmental and public health managers
  • Research organisations
  • State and federal governments
  • Citizen scientists

What does this project enable?

This project will collate, simplify, upgrade and coordinate the data assets that underpin future pest research and management in Australia and has the potential to make Australia a world leader in genome-based approaches to control. This data asset will:

  • Extend the available species amenable to pesticide-free population control in Australia.
  • Enable public health managers to use the data asset to design intervention strategies and appropriate control options for human and animal disease
  • Enable use by researchers on a global scale with information fed back to managers and regulators for rapid reanalysis when conditions on the ground change or when research anywhere around the globe identifies a new trait of concern.
  • Significantly boost the speed and efficiency of research into control of environmental pests

Handy resources

Macquarie UniversityVisit
University of MelbourneVisit
Australian BioCommonsVisit
Queensland Department of Agriculture and FisheriesVisit