BIOLOGY Buffs will be closely watching central Queensland with the potential for new species to be discovered this week.
Unknown microorganisms in our water table will be under the microscope, as researchers survey Bush Heritage’s Carnarvon Station Reserve in central Queensland.
The research is part of Bush Blitz, a species discovery partnership program between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia.
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Bush Blitz Manager Jo Harding thinks there’s a high chance they’ll find species that are completely new to science.
“We think there’s a good chance of finding new species of flies, ants and stygofauna, as well as providing a wealth of biodiversity data to help Bush Heritage manage the reserve into the future,” she said.
Bush Heritage Ecologist, Murray Haseler, said Carnarvon Station Reserve, which adjoins the renowned Carnarvon Gorge National Park, protects a sample of ecosystems that were previously more extensive in this area.
“Bush Heritage’s reserves allow us to understand the condition and function of relatively intact ecosystems,” he said.
“The Bush Blitz will provide us with information about species occurrence and distribution on Carnarvon that is critical to knowing what we have already protected adequately – and where we need to do more to secure a natural place for all species.”
The expedition includes scientists from the Queensland Museum, Australian National Herbarium, University of NSW, Qld Department of Primary Industries and South Australia Museum, working closely with ecologists from Bush Heritage.
For more information about Bush Blitz visit http://www.bushblitz.org.au/