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.

Dr John K Scott: researching biocontrol, climate change and Mediterranean weeds

Dr John K Scott is protecting Australia's Mediterranean climate regions through research on the biological control of invasive weed species.

Dr John White, leader of the Laboratory Automation and New Technologies team

Dr John White is responsible for leading the Laboratory Automation and New Technologies team within the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Theme at CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

Great Barrier Reef catchment systems: exploring land management options to protect the Reef

This Water for a Healthy project is supporting the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan by developing tools which will allow decision-makers to look at the social, economic and environmental implications of different policy and management interventions.

CSIRO Plant Industry

CSIRO Plant Industry conducts research to promote profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, develop new plant products and improve natural resource management.

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Control of the devastating silverleaf whitefly from Australian vegetable and cotton crops is a step closer with CSIRO being granted permission to release a wasp as a biological control agent.

Cape tulips – pretty but pests in pastures

CSIRO and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) are collaborating to try to outwit one of southern Australia’s worst agricultural weeds.

Breakthrough in fight against Hendra virus

There has been a breakthrough in the fight against the deadly Hendra virus following the development of a treatment which shows great potential to save the lives of people who become infected with the virus.

Myxomatosis and rabbits in Australia today

Introduced by CSIRO in 1950, myxomatosis almost wiped out Australia’s pest rabbits. Natural selection has led to a balance between myxoma virus and wild rabbits today, but pet bunnies remain highly susceptible.

CSIRO Fire Spread Meter for Northern Australia

The CSIRO Fire Spread Meter for Northern Australia predicts the rate of spread of fires in open grassland, woodland, and open forest with a grassy understorey.

Biosecurity and invasive species

We have a history of biological control successes and our scientists are using their expertise to find more natural enemies of introduced weeds.

Bitou bush biocontrol agent: the leaf-rolling moth

CSIRO Entomology and New South Wales Agriculture collaborated on a project to rear, release and evaluate the performance of the leaf-rolling moth Tortrix species to help control bitou bush.

Biological control of Cape tulips

The pasture weeds, Cape tulips, are considered suitable targets for biological control because there are few close relatives among Australian native species and no related crops.

Large Animal Facility (LAF)

AAHL is globally unique in enabling work on infected livestock at Physical Containment level 4 (PC4). This capability further strengthens our ability to protect Australia's animal and people from disease outbreaks.

Management of invasive European blackberry

A new three-year blackberry biological control project has begun to coordinate the national release of eight additional strains of the leaf-rust fungus Phragmidium violaceum, with potential to enhance biological control of invasive European blackberry in Australia.

Dr Ken McColl: understanding aquatic animal disease

Dr Ken McColl is a veterinary virologist and pathologist specialising in aquatic animal health at the AAHL Fish Diseases Laboratory in Geelong, Victoria.

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.

Parts of a fire

Bushfires have heading, backing and flanking fires. Each of these components of the overall bushfire has different characteristics.

The virus that stunned Australia's rabbits

Read how CSIRO stopped rabbits in their tracks in the 1950s. In the 1950s, millions of rabbits were decimating Australian agriculture and destroying the environment. CSIRO scientists responded by releasing a virus that had a dramatic effect.

What a tangled food web

Scientists are studying interactions between insect communities in crop and non-crop vegetation to help get the most out of natural pest control. (2 pages)

CSIRO helps build Australia’s quietest hospital

A team of CSIRO scientists have carried out sophisticated acoustic studies, in a quest to help create the quietest hospital in Australia.

Land management for emissions offsets on Indigenous lands

This 70-page CSIRO report assessed the potential value of land management practices that can sequester carbon or change emissions regimes on indigenous lands.

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Community groups and land managers in South Australian and WA are being urged to renew their efforts to control one of southern Australia's worst environmental weeds, bridal creeper (Asparagus asparagoides).

Scientists join fight against frog diseases

CSIRO is collaborating with other Australian research institutions, and conservation groups, to identify new and emerging diseases affecting frog populations in Far North Queensland.

AAHL set to meet growing biosecurity challenge

Australia’s ability to protect itself from incursions of diseases such as avian flu, rabies and SARS has been strengthened with a funding boost of $A16.8 million over four years to the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), which is managed by CSIRO.

Dr Matt Plucinski: bushfire suppression and management

Dr Matt Plucinski is a research scientist and his primary interests are bushfire suppression, including the use aerial suppression and fire management planning, and the analysis of bushfire occurrence datasets.

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