Project Updates

Questions

The questions below relate to information gathered from Progress reports, workplans and general project descriptions. They may state the obvious, or even be a little confusing, please use the comment box to respond with either information that helps address the question, or with a request for me to provide further clarity.

The responses will help me builid a story about our work, its achievemnets and relevance. Ideally most communication would like to sing TRIN's praises and:
  • improve awareness, acceptance and application of taxonomic information in environmental management (and by wider audiences)
  • show the application of taxonomic information as essential knowledge for NRM
Happy for you to attach any manuscripts, abstracts or useful links that might further explain your achievements, or if you can think of any great stories that need telling, add that in too.

Greater knowledge of the aquatic macroinvertebrates will enable more scientifically informed water quality monitoring- questions and answers below hope to result in an explanation of how.

The taxonomic knowledge of adults and juvenile forms are incomplete (i.e. can’t recognise different species from juvenile or adult forms) and inconsistent and national programs on river health are limited by models based only at the Family level. What are some of the limitations? Please explain

 

What is an example of how the information informs river health programs? How do they use baseline taxonomic data? How is this information used in biological monitoring of water quality. Who uses this information? Do we have real examples?

 

The next generation of monitoring requires increased accuracy and species level identification to detect the more subtle environmental changes associated with human impact, consumption and climate change. How does the taxa information show environmental change?

 

Contemporary DNA barcoding approaches and traditional morphological methods will be combined to associate different life stages and to enable recognition of distinct species. These will be described and published in recognized journals and interactive keys will be developed using Lucid software. What does the DNA barcoding approach entail? What is the benefit of DNA barcoding technology? Is this being implemented at the moment?

 

This project focuses on the taxonomy of small minnow mayflies ( Ephemeroptera: Baetidae) and aquatic caterpillars ( Lepidoptera: Crambidae), both of which are poorly known yet abundant, widespread, and important indicators of environmental water quality. How are they used for monitoring aquatic health?

 

Aquatic macroinvertebrates are diverse and abundant throughout Australia and despite taxonomic knowledge of even the common groups being poor, they are widely used for monitoring the health of aquatic ecosystems. To detect environmental changes due to impacts or restoration programs? Please explain.

 

Smaller scale taxonomic projects focus on other mayfly families, and our taxonomic studies also incorporate various taxa of Trichoptera (caddisflies) through collaborations with EPA Victoria. What is this work achieving?

 

The project has already recognized new species within the genera Edmundsiops and Centroptilum ( Baetidae), including cryptic species within the current concept of E. hickmani. What is the benefit or outcome of recognizing a new species?

 

Any examples of monitoring that has used new info or waiting on info or direct benefits? How does taxonomy benefit ecological monitoring?

 

-- KathrynFarry - 19 Oct 2009