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Corporate entry Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) (2010 - )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Conservation or Environment


The Centre for Australian National Biodiversity (CANBR) is a collaborate venture between Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Division of Plant Industry; Director of National Parks; Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC).

Established 22 November 1993, it was known as the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research. It was renamed the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity in October 2010.


The Centre's research focuses primarily on significant national plant groups, including eucalypts, orchids and grasses. It's major purpose is to capture the biological diversity of Australia through taxonomic identity and relationships of plants, and geographical and ecological relationships.
The Centre's research projects include plant genetics, conservation and ecosystems.

The Australian National Herbarium is a key resource for botanical research at the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity (CANBR).

The CANBR, through its Botanical Information Management department, publishes and maintains key national botanical data bases, including the Australian Plant Name Index, Rare or Threatened Australian Plants (ROTAP) and Economic Plants of Australia.


 1993 - 2010 Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research
       2010 - Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR)

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


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