CSIRO Medals 1991 – Chairman’s Medal – Dr Peter Room
Peter Room (CSIRO Entomology). For his work on the biological control of the water weed salvinia. Dr Room helped design and implement projects that cleared salvinia from lakes and rivers in eastern Australia, from 200 square kilometres of lakes in the Sepik flood-plain in Papua New Guinea, and from hundreds of water bodies in Sri Lanka. Elsewhere, biological control has been applied successfully in India, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, Malaysia and Fiji. In our own Kakadu National Park, a three-year study to adapt control measures to challenging local conditions has begun.