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CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.
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CSIRO expertise is organised into 11 research areas
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Dr Rhonda Foley is studying plant defence regulation to understand how crops can be more effective against pathogens.
Dr Pushkar Shrestha is developing long-chain omega-3 oil in seed crops.
Dr Michelle Watt researches how roots grow and take up water from soil, and how they interact with soil microorganisms
Dr Michael Bange develops decision support tools to assist cotton farm management.
Dr Peter Ryan is investigating how root biology and rhizospheric processes can improve crop production on hostile soils.
Dr Mark Peoples has particular research interests in farming methods to manage nitrogen and water, subsoil constraints, soil biology and lucerne.
Dr Manny Delhaize is working to improve the acid soil tolerance of crops and pastures.
Dr Linda Tabe aims to produce bigger, more nutritious grain by researching how plants move carbon, nitrogen and sulfur compounds into developing grain.
Dr Linda Broadhurst aims to improve the restoration of Australia's highly degraded landscapes.
Dr Lars Kamphuis is investigating how plants defend themselves against attack from pests and disease.
CSIRO helps produce better sugarcane varieties to make sugarcane based industries more profitable and sustainable.
CSIRO researchers are working with Australia's cotton industry to build a sustainable industry for the future.
Dr Louise Thatcher is investigating the genetic and biochemical mechanisms of defence against diseases such as Fusarium.
Dr Jens Berger is investigating chickpea and lupin adaptation from an ecogeographic perspective.
Dr Jean-Philippe Ral leads the Cereal Quality Group, exploring the genetic basis of starch metabolism.
Dr Ian Rochester specialises in assessing and understanding soil fertility for growing cotton.
Dr Iain Wilson applies cutting edge technology to advance the understanding of molecular processes in cotton.
Dr Graham Bonnett is leading a theme of research aimed at improving agricultural productivity whilst ensuring environmental health.
Dr Greg Constable is a leader in cotton research, investigating plant breeding, genetically modified cotton varieties, higher yield management packages, improved sustainability and reducing insecticide use.
Dr David Deery is creating new tools for measuring the physical characteristics of plants (phenotyping) in the field.
Mr David Bush's research focuses on the interaction of genotypes with environments and development of products such as untreated, naturally durable timber for use in viticulture and agriculture.
Dr Christine Böttcher is a Postdoctoral Fellow studying how hormones control ripening in grapes.
Dr Anna Koltunow is Deputy Chief of CSIRO Plant Industry and her research is focused on plant reproduction.
Dr Andrew James is leading CSIRO’s soybean breeding program with an emphasis on improving culinary quality.
Over 95 per cent of Australian cotton is bred from a CSIRO variety, reducing pesticide use by up to 85 per cent.
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