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.

Fuel moisture content and bushfire behaviour

The moisture content of fuel determines the ease with which it will burn, affecting the behaviour and spread of bushfires.

Genomics and Genetics

CSIRO Entomology's gene research contributes to an understanding of the impact of insects on our environment and agriculture.

Aphids teach scientists a thing or two

In recently unravelling the genome of the pea aphid, an international consortium of researchers has taken a major step towards understanding how to better control that bane of farmers and gardeners around the world.

Dr Alan Andersen: Darwin Site Leader

Dr Andersen leads CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences Tropical Savannas research in Darwin, and has specialist expertise in ant biodiversity and fire ecology.

Bushfire behaviour and the fire environment

Bushfire behaviour is influenced by the type of available fuel, its amount and its moisture content. Other important factors are the weather, terrain and the fire itself.

Drought Report pushes alarm bells (Podcast 15 Jul 2008)

Mr Kevin Hennessy, Principal Researcher, explains why farmers and the Government have reacted with alarm to a collaborative report indicating that hot periods and low rainfall years that have occurred every 20 years, may become much more frequent. (5:36)

The deadly nature of animal-to-human disease (Podcast 28 Jan 2011)

Scientists have identified 75 per cent of emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic – meaning they can spread from animals to people. This is likely to increase under environmental intrusion, climate change and progressive urbanisation of the planet. (7:26)

Victory in battle against African big headed ant (Podcast 11 Aug 2008)

The African big headed ant is one of the 100 worst pests in the world, and they’re in Australia. In this podcast, CSIRO ecologist Dr Ben Hoffmann explains how science won the war against a virulent environmental, economic and social threat. (5:04)

Making use of the natural predators and parasites found in native vegetation

This information sheet discusses research on the role of native vegetation as a source of beneficial insects leading to improved pest management strategies for cotton and grain growers. (2 pages)

Alien invaders are on the march (Podcast 22 May 2009)

While the implications of climate change for biodiversity have been widely recognised, the insidious effect of invasive alien species (IAS) on global biodiversity stays under the radar. (4:50)

Research aims to reduce spread of deadly horse virus (Podcast 31 Mar 2009)

CSIRO scientists have made a major breakthrough in better understanding how the deadly Hendra virus (HeV) can transmit from infected horses to people and other horses. (6:20)

Understanding bushfire behaviour to save lives

Although bushfires are notoriously unpredictable, CSIRO scientists have the ability to develop reliable tools for predicting fire behaviour which may save lives and help to limit damage.

Bridal creeper leafhopper

The leafhopper Zygina species was the first biological control agent to be released on bridal creeper in Australia.

New lab provides speedy response to animal disease emergencies (Podcast 06 Aug 2008)

A new 'state of the art' laboratory at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong has the capacity to rapidly diagnose an emergency animal disease outbreak, potentially preventing its spread. In this podcast, the Director of AAHL, Dr Martyn Jeggo, explains how the lab will process more samples, faster. (5:00)

Farming Ahead: CSIRO and related articles from 2008

Farming Ahead magazine regularly features CSIRO's research for the agricultural sector. This is a list of CSIRO articles published in the magazine throughout 2008.

Dr Sharon J Downes: researching insect resistance in cotton

Dr Sharon J Downes: researching insect resistance in cotton.

Australia-China research links strengthened

CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) today (Tuesday 10 April) signed a Relationship Agreement to facilitate research in biosecurity and quarantine.

Can biodiversity increase profits on a farm?

A new CSIRO publication shows land managers the economic benefits of looking after biodiversity around the farm ecosystem. (2 pages)

Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds: Appendix B: results of CLIMEX models

This document forms part of Appendix B of the Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds report and shows the development of and results for the CLIMEX models for species identified as sleeper or alert weeds. (12 pages)

Seed dispersal science used to combat weed invasions

In a scientific first, ecologists are applying their understanding of native rainforest seed dispersal to predict where and how the seeds of invasive weeds will spread across the landscape.

Cabomba: a fast-growing submerged aquatic weed

CSIRO Entomology is researching sustainable control methods for cabomba, an introduced aquatic weed that has the potential to spread throughout aquatic habitats in Australia.

Weeds will thrive on climate change

The potential effects of climate change on the distribution of weeds is discussed in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)

Advancing Australian aquaculture

The Food Futures Flagship links research and industry partners in projects that raise the value and competitiveness of Australian aquaculture.

Fighting disease, pests and weeds

CSIRO has extensive capabilities in researching, understanding and tackling various insect pests of plants, plant diseases and weeds.

Science for tomorrow: New developments

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on a revised grassfire guide, a new water yield assessment project, a genomic tool to speed up genetic gain in sheep breeding and a long-term ocean observation network. (1 page)

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