Describing species new to science and providing useful identification tools.
Exploring Australia's unique native edible insects species to improve our diets and create sustainable and nutritious insect-derived food
Creating robust phylogenies using genomic data to better understand evolutionary relationships.
Conducting behavioural and developmental studies to improve the accuracy of using insects in cases of suspicious crime.
Ponce-Reyes, R. & Lessard, B. D. (2021) Edible Insects: A roadmap for the strategic growth of an emerging Australian industry. CSIRO, Canberra.
This report identifies the challenges and opportunities for the Australian edible insect industry. It provides a useful framework for First Nations initiatives, start-ups, insect businesses, researchers, policy makers, and members of the general public who are considering engaging with the emerging industry. Australia is well positioned to leverage its agricultural innovation, knowledge of biodiversity, research capabilities and industry experience to take advantage of developing opportunities in the edible insect sector and deliver insect products to the well-established export markets.
Systematic revision of the bee flies (Diptera: Bombyliidae) and asiloid flies using morphology and next generation sequencing.
Systematic revision of the Australian bristle fly genus 'Rutilia' (Diptera: Tachinidae) using morphology and next generation sequencing.