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CSIRO’s other icon celebrates 50 years

It may not have spawned its own movie or played a part in NASA's moon landings, but in its own way, CSIRO’s Phytotron facility has made no less a contribution to science than its more famous cousin, the Parkes Radio Telescope, aka "The Dish".

Dr John Hornbuckle: researching improved on-farm irrigation

Dr John Hornbuckle is an irrigation and drainage engineer focusing on improving water use efficiency and minimising the environmental impacts associated with irrigation.

Dr Wendy Quayle: Environmental Chemist

Dr Wendy Quayle's research interests are in the monitoring and management of agricultural water quality and soil carbon and nutrient dynamics.

Dr Jonathan Sanderman: soil organic matter biogeochemist

Dr Jonathan Sanderman conducts research on the key factors effecting organic matter storage and turnover in soils.

Dr Nina Lansbury Hall: energy use and climate change

Dr Nina Hall is a social researcher helping low-income Australians to more efficiently use energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money on their energy bills, and increase their wellbeing through more comfortable heating and cooling.

Fencing livestock in - virtually

Using satellite technology, CSIRO scientists are developing an animal-friendly 'virtual' fencing system to confine cattle without using fixed fences.

That's one small step for apps one giant leap for soil science

Australia’s national soil databases can now be accessed in real time online through a new iPad app called SoilMapp.

Paul Barnett: Impact and Business Development Manager

With a background in strategy development and business partnerships, Paul Barnett is the Impact and Business Development Manager for CSIRO’s Sustainable Agriculture Flagship (SAF), a A$70m research investment aiming to increase agricultural productivity whilst minimising associated environmental impacts.

Soil and landscape science

The Soil and Landscape program is providing the science to help sustain productivity and improve the condition of our soil resources.

Scientists team up with Google in an Australian first

Detailed satellite imagery about Australian landscapes will soon be only a button push away for land managers in community and non-profit sectors thanks to a partnership between Australian scientists and Google, announced last night in Sydney.

Environmental Earth Observation

The Environmental Earth Observation program develops applications that integrate observations with models to inform management and policy in key national and international priority areas.

Dr Paul Berkman: piecing together sugarcane’s complex genome

Paul applies new DNA sequencing technologies to sugarcane, a crop plant with a particularly challenging DNA code that is more than three times bigger than in humans.

Tiwi Burning: fire and carbon on the Tiwi Islands

This booklet on fire and carbon was produced for people who live on the Tiwi Islands 80 kilometres north of Darwin in the Northern Territory. (24 pages)

CSIRO Land and Water overview

CSIRO Land and Water conducts research to understand natural and engineered land and water systems and to predict how they respond to change.

Water Use Efficiency

CSIRO is working to improve the water use efficiency of grain based farming systems, with research partners in the Grains Research and Development Corporation's (GRDC) water use efficiency initiative.

Restoring box gum grassy woodlands in farming areas

CSIRO research is supporting the management and rehabilitation of box gum grassy woodland landscapes, particularly to improve their ability to cope with changes in climate.

Advancing Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Health

Sustainable Agriculture Flagship researchers are working to achieve innovative yet practical solutions for more reliable systems for food supply with increasingly limited resources.

Producing more with less: increasing productivity whilst sustaining natural resources

Increasing agricultural productivity whilst sustaining natural resources.

CSIRO contributes to Global Soil Map

Since 2008, CSIRO has been working with more than 100 scientists across all continents of the world to build a new Global Soil Map.

Some things are not welcome in Australia (Podcast 24 Sep 2012)

An outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Australia would devastate our livestock industries, costing anywhere between A$7-16 billion. (07:36)

Reducing livestock methane emissions

CSIRO is undertaking an extensive research program to develop practical solutions for reducing methane emissions from livestock such as sheep and cattle.

Australian science helps boost Africa’s cotton crops

Australian science is helping African cotton farmers grow higher quality cotton, and more of it.

Mitigating methane emissions from our northern beef herd

CSIRO is developing reliable methods for measuring methane emissions from Australia’s northern beef herd.

Australian and African scientists unite on African food crisis

Teams of scientists from CSIRO and one of Africa’s leading agricultural research and development organisations will meet in Brisbane this week to discuss solutions to West and Central Africa’s ongoing food security crisis.

Perth: Floreat, WA (Centre for Environment and Life Sciences (CELS))

The Centre for Environment and Life Sciences draws together the capabilities of seven CSIRO research areas to provide solutions to environmental management problems and to improve the health of Australians.

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