Ants of Northern Australia
The book’s illustrations are by Peter Jacklyn, the
TS–CRC’s Communication Coordinator
UP to 20 million ants, representing 100 different species, can be
found in each hectare of bush in northern Australia. However, up to
three-quarters or more of the species are undescribed, and workable
keys are unavailable for most described species. A new
book—by CSIRO ecologist Dr Alan Andersen—now addresses
this problem and is the first to describe the ants of northern
Australia at the species level.
It will help in the identification of the 1500 or so ant species
occurring in the region. The Ants of Northern Australia: a Guide to
the Monsoonal Fauna aims to enable professional researchers
(including graduate students, academics and applied scientists) and
knowledgeable amateurs to identify the ants occurring in monsoonal
“Ants are being used as indicators in areas such as mine-site
rehabilitation, off-site mining impacts, grazing management and
fire management,” says Alan. “The book will provide
valuable support for land managers wishing to use ants as
bio-indicators, as well as for environmental researchers.”
Cost: $34.95 plus $9.00 postage and handling. To order a copy
contact CSIRO publishing on Tel: 1800 645 051. Also see web links
Weed Management Systems
Australian Weed Management Systems, edited by B.M. Sindel, claims
to be the first Australian textbook on integrated weed management
for students, researchers and managers of agriculture and natural
It is produced by the CRC for Weed Management Systems where a
variety of experts have contributed selected chapters in their
areas of expertise.
The textbook was developed in association with the new
CRC-initiated undergraduate course in IWM which is being taught at
the University of Adelaide, University of New England and Charles
Sturt University. Price $32.90 plus $10 postage in Australia.
See web link below.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading: Allocation of Permits, a report
from the Australian Greenhouse Office, outlines possible methods of
allocating permits to emit greenhouse gases under an emission
trading regime. Questions explored include: How will entities
acquire the tradeable permits they require to acquit for their
emissions of greenhouse gases? Will permits be sold by the
Government or will they be allocated by some administrative
process? If permits are distributed by administrative means, to
whom will they be allocated?
See web link below.
The Bureau of Rural Sciences has released a report that concludes
that while Landcare has been an important factor in improving
land-management practices, making farming systems more sustainable
will be a slow process that will require more than voluntary
Influencing Improved Natural Resource Management on Farms, by
researchers Neil Barr and John Cary, concluded that the impact of
Landcare had probably peaked and that it was “unrealistic to
expect any greater degree of penetration of the farming community
than has been achieved”.
The report found that factors such as financial capacity, skills,
financial returns and motivation influenced the adoption of
sustainable practices more than notions of altruism, and that
individual farmers tended to underestimate the extent of soil
degradation on their own farms.
It warned that the barriers preventing farmers from changing their
practices were “overwhelmingly structural”, and that
most broadacre farms did not produce sufficient economic surplus to
encourage investment in natural resource management and the
Download the report from the Bureau of Rural Sciences, web link
Plants of Australia
Plants of Importance to Australia—A Checklist, complied by
R.C.H. Shepherd, R.G. Richardson and F.J. Richardson, provides an
accurate botanical name, authority, family and a preferred common
name for each plant that is or may be of importance to Australia.
The species chosen include weeds of both agriculture and the
environment; crop species of all sorts and ornamental species that
have, or may, become environmental weeds. More than 12,000 common
names are listed.
Cost is $33, plus $10 postage in Australia, CSIRO Publishing, web
Ants of Northern Australia, CSIRO Publishing, 2000
Australian Department of Climate Change
The website of the Australian Greenhouse Office
CRC for Australian Weed Management
The Weeds CRC which closed its doors on June 30, 2008, and will be replaced by a $15 million National Weeds and Productivity Research Program. The website will no longer be updated after September 30, 2008. However, all of the Weeds CRC's resources are available for download and the site will remain online until approximately June 2010.
CRC for Greenhouse Accounting
To read about carbon sinks, credits and the Greenhouse gases, Click on eCarbon FAQS
Influencing Improved Natural Resource Management on Farms, AFFA, 2000