Field Sample Library

Tens of thousands of soil samples, soil metagenomic samples, plant voucher specimens and plant genetic material collected from TERN’s national network of over 700 ecosystem surveillance sites are now openly available to interested researchers.

Soil samples are held by TERN’s Ecosystem Surveillance platform at the University of Adelaide.

Plant samples collected by TERN are contributed to commonwealth, state and regional herbaria across Australia, with some samples stored by TERN’s Ecosystem Surveillance platform.

To discuss opportunities to use our samples please contact us, or download a specimen loan application form.

What's available?

Updated July 2020

A guide to using our samples

TERN samples are freely available to the international scientific community to conduct research, however when you use them we ask that you acknowledge NCRIS-enabled TERN.

This simple step lets TERN record that its infrastructure is being used, generating important outputs and outcomes, helping TERN to continue being funded and available to you.

For more information on how to acknowledge TERN and NCRIS in publications and self-report your use of TERN click here

To discuss opportunities to use our samples please contact us, or download a specimen loan application form.