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Plantation forests in streamside management zones: multiple benefits

This 101-page report reviews the water quality and biodiversity effects of using plantation forests in streamside management zones on cleared farmland.

Sustainable Agriculture Flagship brochure

Read about the CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship's goals, major research challenges and international  partnerships in this two-page brochure.

Managing livestock feed sustainably

CSIRO has worked with researchers, advisors and farmers to identify principles for sustainably managing the food fed to livestock on mixed cropping/grazing farms. Farmers now have access to better information to manage their feedbase to achieve better profits, healthier natural resources and social factors.

Australian science joins global effort to transform food system

On a planet with sufficient food for all, a billion people go hungry, while millions are suffering from chronic disease due to over-consumption.

Cropping Bangladesh’s rabi season

Bangladesh consumes more than twice the wheat it grows, and importing the shortfall is eating into its foreign currency reserves – but researchers have identified potential for large increases in production.

Predicting crop yield

CSIRO and the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) are working together to develop and support Yield Prophet®, a web-based decision-support tool for grain growers. Yield Prophet® is built on the farming systems model APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems Simulator).

Scanning forests for their carbon secrets

Researchers at CSIRO have been scanning trees (in this case, Jeffrey pine trees in the United States of America) with ground-based laser scanning technology (called ECHIDNA) to estimate how much plant material forests have. (0:58)

The Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program

CSIRO is helping to understand, monitor and manage Australia's landscapes and soil resources. The Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Partnership, a collaboration with many agencies, provides a hub for data and information on Australian soil and land resources.

Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS)

ASRIS is a collation of the best available, nationally consistent data and information on Australia’s soil and land resources. It facilitates better planning and decision making.

CSIRO National Soil Archive

The CSIRO National Soil Archive is Australia's primary resource for conserving soil specimens and making them accessible for future research.

IrriSATSMS: helping irrigators make water-use decisions

Farmers are receiving phone messages with location-specific information to help with irrigations decisions.

Life cycle assessment

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is an internationally accepted method of evaluating the environmental impacts of processes, products and activities. Researchers within CSIRO are using LCA across a range of projects and industries.

Soil and Landscape Grid of Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

In 2011, the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) announced funding for new science facilities and extensions to existing facilities. Amongst those led by CSIRO is a new soil science facility.

Closing the phosphorus-efficiency gap

Ways to reduce the costs of phosphorus fertiliser use on farms – critical for sustaining high agricultural production in many Australian farming systems – have been identified in a new suite of journal papers.

The latest equipment for farmers: wireless sensor networks

CSIRO is providing sensor web and smart sensor network solutions to the agricultural sector.

Soil Carbon Sequestration Potential: A review for Australian agriculture - key findings

This report Soil Carbon Sequestration Potential: A review for Australian agriculture includes a review of the process by which carbon is captured and stored in agricultural soils and an analysis of the current evidence for changes in soil organic carbon stocks resulting from agricultural land use changes.

Delivering improved water use efficiency for south Asian farmers

CSIRO scientists will help train 24 scientists from six south Asian countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in methods of farming systems research.

Reducing Australia's greenhouse emissions

To avoid dangerous climate change, the world needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This calls for broad-based action, and in Australia CSIRO is developing practical technologies to reduce emissions in the industry, agriculture, transport and energy sectors.

Partnering with the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship

CSIRO's Sustainable Agriculture Flagship is developing new collaborations in solution based science with other researchers, industry and government.

Sustainable Development for Northern Australia: a comprehensive science review

The Northern Australia Land and Water Science Review 2009 examines a range of options for use of land and water in northern Australia and the likely consequences of those uses, for communities, businesses and the environment.

Australia's National Carbon Accounting System Leads the World

The Department of Climate Change, CSIRO and the Australian National University have jointly developed a world-leading National Carbon Accounting System that won the 2008 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Environmental Research.

Assessing greenhouse gas emissions from beef and sheep enterprises

CSIRO research is examining how much greenhouse gas is produced by beef and sheep enterprises and the potential for offsetting these emissions on the farm.

Fixing food security with forage legumes

One of Indonesia’s poorest provinces faces dire food security issues, but forage legumes could provide a surprising solution.

Assessing landscape systems and trends for agricultural sustainability

The Sustainable Agriculture Flagship is developing innovative assessment techniques to measure, monitor and predict the condition of Australian agricultural and forestry landscapes to increase productivity and reduce carbon emissions.

Land Monitor: mapping soil salinity for better land management

CSIRO scientists have developed a technique using satellite maps to estimate the present and future extent of salinity in south Western Australia.

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