The Insect Ecology Laboratory and UNE have a strong commitment to research and development. UNE has existing research collaborations with the Primary Industries Innovation Centre (a collaboration between UNE and Industry and Investment NSW - formerly NSW DPI), Industry and Investment NSW, the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (formerly Qld DPI&F), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO Entomology).
The Insect Ecology group is currently undertaking a number of research and development (R&D) projects. These include: projects looking at IPM of grain insects and how pest and beneficial insect assemblages associated with canola and canola-mustards will change according to current projections for climatic and atmospheric changes for Australia.
A major goal of this current initiative is the identification and implementation of further areas of research that are applicable to IPM in grains in the region.