[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP0772057]
Researchers Ms ML Moir; Dr PA Vesk; A/Prof LA Hughes; Dr DA Keith
Brief description Co-extinction occurs when a dependent species goes extinct with the loss of its host species. A recent overseas modelling study suggested losses to global biodiversity through this mechanism may be high, but only when a large number of hosts are extinguished. However, estimates were constrained because there are no datasets with insects sampled from endangered plants. Thus, the accuracy of the estimates remains unknown, particularly for Australian insects. This project will provide the most accurate estimate to date by sampling endangered plants and identify management strategies for sustaining viable populations of endangered insects, thereby conserving Australia's biodiversity.
Funding Amount $240,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects