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.

Industry's battle against grain bugs reliant on phosphine

The Australian grain industry continues to rely heavily on the use of phosphine for effective insect control.

Climate change impacts on fire weather

The combined frequencies of days with very high and extreme Forest Fire Danger Index ratings are likely to increase.

Breeding rust-resistant wheat with DNA technology

CSIRO scientists are breeding new varieties of disease-resistant wheat in an effort to improve crop yields and avert a potential food supply crisis.

Biological control of water lettuce, Pistia stratiotes

Water lettuce is one of a suite of aquatic weeds that have been controlled in Australia using biological control agents.

Scotch broom biocontrol agent: twig-mining moth

The twig-mining moth, Leucoptera spartifoliella is one of two successful biological control agents released in Australia to help control Scotch broom.

Moth joins Kakadu weed battle

A small moth has been released to help control one of Australia's most significant weed menaces, Mimosa pigra, which is threatening the sensitive wetlands of Kakadu in the Northern Territory. The weed mimosa threatens sensitive wetlands in northern Australia and CSIRO is engaged in the biological control battle.

Vaccine protects from deadly Hendra virus

CSIRO scientists have shown that a new experimental vaccine helps to protect horses against the deadly Hendra virus.

Understanding bushfires to protect lives and property

CSIRO's Bushfire Dynamics and Applications group develops tools and models to better understand bushfire behaviour and to protect lives and property.

CSIRO joins global fight against pandemic threats

Australian scientists are part of an international consortium creating ‘battle maps’ that visualise how bird flu and other viruses constantly mutate to camouflage their antigens, or ‘invading soldiers’, to avoid being neutralised by the immune system’s ‘artillery’.

Landscape and building design for bushfire areas

Design for bushfire to be included as a normal part of designing in bushfire-prone areas is encouraged by this book. It will assist planning and building regulatory authorities to improve and administer regulatory requirements and guidelines.

World experts to tackle infectious disease threats

Enhancing the world’s ability to respond to the increasing threat of emerging infectious diseases will be the focus of more than 600 international experts in human, animal and environmental health at the 1st International One Health Congress, beginning today in Melbourne.

The CSIRO Fire Danger and Fire Spread Calculator

CSIRO’s grassland and forest fire danger and spread meters are now available as a computer program.

Improving fire safety, control and prevention

CSIRO has a range of fire research, testing and consulting services that form our integrated fire safety capability used in safety design, developing fire-safe materials and improving public safety. CSIRO has a broad range of fire research, testing and consulting services that forms our integrated fire safety facility.

Fire speed – faster than a speeding bullet?

Bushfires are often reported as moving at phenomenal speeds that would outrun a speeding car – but can they really go that fast?

Invasive ant researchers invade the Top End

Some of the world’s worst invasive species will be the focus of an international workshop in Darwin this week.

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.

The smart software fighting fire with #fire

Australia's key disaster management agencies have joined forces to tackle the problem of how to access and interpret information gathered during bushfires, and other natural disasters to help emergency services save lives and property.

Torching tankers – evaluating fire vehicle protection systems

CSIRO’s bushfire researchers used a bushfire simulator and field experiments to measure the effectiveness of spray protection devices fitted to fire tankers.

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.

Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy symposium booklet

This booklet provides information on speakers and topics from the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy symposium, held on 19-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australia. (24 pages)

CSIRO Entomology

This fact sheet gives a brief overview of the research activities and focus of CSIRO Entomology. (2 pages)

Benefits from biological control of Onopordum thistles

Biological control of Onopordum thistles is leading to greater productivity from formerly heavy thistle infested pastures in south-eastern Australia.

Biological control of the aquatic weed hydrilla in the USA

The aquatic weed hydrilla is a pest in parts of the USA and the USDA’s Australian Biological Control Laboratory is conducting surveys across South-East Asia for potential biocontrol agents for it.

CSIRO Entomology: a sense of history

On 30 June 2010, Dr Jim Cullen presented an overview of the history of CSIRO's Division of Entomology from 1928 to 2010. Watch his presentation in the video below (73:12) or download the PowerPoint slides. (177 pages)

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