Scientists working at physical containment level four (PC4), the highest level available.

Safeguarding Australia

Providing an integrated approach to Australia's national biosecurity combining world-leading scientific expertise with cutting-edge diagnostic, surveillance and response capabilities.

Science for our environment

CSIRO and its partners seek to develop solutions to Australia’s environmental challenges. CSIRO is committed to the challenge of using science, combined with community and industry knowledge, to make sure that our ecosystems are sustainable for the long term prosperity of Australia.

Mr Gordon McLachlan: Senior Technical Officer (Scientific)

Mr Gordon McLachlan supports soil physics research in the laboratory and the field with expertise in soil sampling, soil field measurement and instrumentation, and measurement of soil physical characteristics in the laboratory.

South-West Western Australia: supporting state water management strategies

The Water for a Healthy Country Flagship is conducting research to increase water benefits across South-West Western Australia – from farms, towns and catchments to the complex dam and groundwater system surrounding Perth.

Securing Australia from invasive species (Podcast 13 Oct 2008)

Discover how Chinese scientist Dr YongLin Ren has been working to safely and effectively control stored grain pests in Australia. Dr Ren talks about his work in this special Mandarin edition of CSIROpod. (9:24)

SiroFire – helping fire authorities predict wildfire spread

Understanding probably wildfire spread is vital to the efficient use of firefighting resources. CSIRO scientists developed SiroFire, a computer-based real-time bushfire spread simulator, to give fire control authorities a fast operational tool to predict wildfire spread.

Safeguarding Australia against infectious diseases

We protect the health of Australia's people, animals, environment and trade through our research to detect and control infectious diseases.

Indian Ocean temperature link to bushfires

The weather conditions that lead to Victoria’s past two major bushfires may be linked to lower than normal sea-surface temperatures in the eastern Indian Ocean, according to researchers from CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship.

Bushfire impact on water yields

While forest fires can often result in an initial increase in water runoff from catchments, it’s the forests and bush growing back that could cause future problems for water supplies by reducing stream flows.

Aussie ravens ruled out as West Nile virus indicators

Scientists at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria have found that birds are unlikely to be used as part of an ‘early warning’ system designed to alert health authorities to the presence of the deadly West Nile virus in Australia.

Climate Adaptation Flagship

Enabling Australia to adapt more effectively to the impacts of climate change and variability and informing national planning, regulation and investment decisions.

Herbicides limit nitrogen-fixing ability

This two-page article from Farming Ahead looks at the effect of increased herbicide use on soil nitrogen fixation in grain legumes such as field peas.

CSIRO Pyrotron ignites bushfire research

CSIRO has built a bushfire wind tunnel to research how bushfires spread and improve the safety and fire-fighting capabilities of Australian communities.

Dr Geoff Baker: developing management strategies for pest & beneficial invertebrates

Dr Geoff Baker; developing management strategies for pest & beneficial invertebrates

Australian technology used during Australian equine flu outbreak (Podcast 27 Aug 2007)

Dr Hans Heine from CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory describes how scientists are diagnosing cases of equine flu using tests developed by CSIRO and the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. (3:51)  

130prawnfishers CMAR MedRelTsr

Fishing crews have gathered information on more than 1000 sea snakes and hundreds of other species in the first year of a bycatch-monitoring study in the Northern Prawn Fishery.

Dr Mary Whitehouse: enhancing the use of beneficial insects and spiders in cotton

Dr Whitehouse is researching predator prey interactions in cotton ecosystems, focusing on the management of green mirids using conservation biological control.

CSIRO to take the guess work out of breeding sheep (Podcast 28 Jan 2009)

Domestic sheep common to farms around Australia have come along way from their wild relatives and ancestors. Over many years of domestication, sheep have been bred for their commercially important traits by selectively breeding through trial and error, something that is about to change thanks to a new genomic tool. (3:29)

Dr John Bingham: emergency animal disease expert

Dr John Bingham is a veterinary pathologist with expertise in zoonotic diseases – those that can pass from animals to people.

Dr Peter Daniels: Theme Leader - Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response

Dr Peter Daniels is involved in numerous animal health projects in South-East Asia, focussing on diagnosis and control of disease and development of laboratory quality systems. He is responsible for coordinating the delivery of Australian Animal Health Laboratory's routine and emergency diagnostic services.

Burning down the house (a trial by fire) (Podcast 03 May 2010)

CSIRO scientists have 'flame-tested' a steel-framed house near Mogo on the New South Wales south coast to see how the structure would stand up to realistic bushfire conditions. (4:49)

Fighting fungus

In this video find out how CSIRO's Rust Resistance Team has discovered genes that determine whether a plant can develop immunity to the harmful rust fungus. (2:30)

AWB partnership produces first-grade grain

Australia has built an international reputation for exporting quality, insect-free grains on the back of a 30-year R&D partnership with the AWB. Australia has built an international reputation for quality wheat on the back of a 30-year R&D partnership with AWB.

Science for tomorrow: developments

This one-page extract contains information on CSIRO research on controlling carp in rivers, improving vegetation mapping, improved accessibility to the Australian National Insect Collection and lifting the success of revegetation.

Biodiversity: benefits and threats

CSIRO research is helping to manage the increasing threat from invasive species and the benefits to agriculture from ecosystem services.

Plant diversity and conservation

CSIRO studies Australian plant diversity and community ecology and aims to conserve and protect it against threats such as exotic plant invasions.

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