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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.