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Department of Environment and Science

Queensland Government

Science portfolio of the Department of Environment and Science

Department of Environment and Science

Queensland science capability directory

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Ecosciences Precinct (ESP)

Outside of the Ecosciences Precinct

Queensland Government

The Ecosciences Precinct is dedicated to solving some of Australia’s biggest environmental and primary production problems and colocates upto 1000 research staff from the Queensland Government departments (Agriculture and Fisheries, and Science Information Technology and Innovation), CSIRO, and staff from The University of Queensland through the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, are located at the Ecosciences Precinct. This critical mass of scientists are focussed on climate change, natural resource and environmental management, water and marine sciences and sustainable growth of Queensland’s industries. The state-of-the-art facilities include laboratories, insect houses, controlled environment rooms, glasshouses, greenhouses, offices, and workshops.The facilities allow researchers to conduct secure and carefully controlled studies on insects and bacteria to help control weeds that threaten Queensland’s ecosystems, and pests and diseases that destroy crops.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Research and monitoring of Queensland's natural resources and environment including pest and diseases
  • Research for agriculture, forestry and marine industries to develop sustainable growth strategies

Facilities and major equipment

  • Chemistry Centre
  • High Performance Computer
  • Plant Pathology Herbarium (80 000 specimens)
  • Insect collection (1.5 million specimens)
  • Physical Containment Level 2 (PC2) Laboratory
  • Quarantine Containment Level 3 (QC3) Laboratory
  • Insect houses
  • Wet laboratories
  • Glasshouses and greenhouses

Number of research staff

700 plus research staff


Ecosciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road, , Dutton Park, 4102

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government - Agency
  • Queensland Government – Partner
  • Part of national organisation – Government
  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
19 June 2019