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.

Chemical testing helps woolgrowers meet tougher eco rules

All textile producers and processors must meet tough new standards if they want to do business in Europe. CSIRO’s internationally accredited chemical testing service is assisting the wool industry comply with Europe’s Eco-label requirements.
 

Finding the jewels in crown rot research

This article from Farming Ahead discusses how the discovery of wheat and barley lines resistant to crown rot could, with further research, make losses from this disease a thing of the past. (3 pages)

Zoonotic diseases of bat origin

Building on our knowledge and experience of henipah viruses (Hendra and Nipah viruses) and other bat-borne diseases.

Dr Sarina Macfadyen: Ecology of insect communities in grains cropping landscapes

Dr Sarina Macfadyen’s research examines the interactions between species and how this relates to agroecosystem function, focussing on insect pests in grain cropping landscapes.

Avian Influenza research

To develop a closer understanding of the host-pathogen response to avian influenza.

Original climate benchmark makes a comeback

An original climate benchmark first identified for South Australian farmers in the 1860’s –Goyder’s Line – is on the move, according to a review by scientists and primary producers.

Dr Mark Lonsdale: Director, CSIRO's Biodiversity Portfolio

Dr Mark Lonsdale has extensive experience in the ecology of invasive species and biodiversity.

Blue mussels lead to barnacle free boats (Podcast 11 Dec 2009)

New methods to reduce the growth of plants and animals on surfaces immersed in water, such as ship hulls, are being developed by a team of scientists from CSIRO. (4:24)

CSIRO aids tsunami recovery (Podcast 12 Mar 2007)

Discover how CSIRO’s been at the forefront of the post-tsunami reconstruction effort on the island of Pra Thong, off Thailand’s west coast in this three minute podcast. (3:07)

Armidale, NSW (FD McMaster Laboratory)

Research at FD McMaster Laboratory develops tools for breeders of sheep and cattle to optimise profitability, livestock welfare and on-farm decision support systems, resulting in more efficient animals and better management practices. CSIRO’s FD McMaster Laboratory conducts research to optimise profitability, livestock welfare and on-farm decision support systems.

Dr Alexie Papanicolaou: enabling next-generation molecular ecology with genomics and informatics

Dr Alexie Papanicolaou is enabling genomics for non-model species, such as the cotton bollworm (Helicoverpa sp.), eucalyptus and fruit flies (Bactrocera sp.) in order to assist research in agriculture, ecology and evolutionary biology.

Dr Wolfgang Spielmeyer: identifying and cloning wheat genes for yield improvement

Dr Wolfgang Spielmeyer is mapping and isolating important wheat genes for durable disease resistance and greater harvest index to understand underlying mechanisms and to develop markers that will assist in breeding of wheat cultivars.

Strengthening scientific research links between Australia and China

An agreement between CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) will facilitate joint research in biosecurity and quarantine between Australia and China.

Managing lippia under climate change

This article from Farming Ahead details research on the use of computer simulation models to show how climate change is likely to affect the invasive plant, lippia, in the Murray-Darling Basin and how the results are relevant to other riparian weeds. (3 pages)

Keeping Australia foot and mouth free

This article from Farming Ahead looks at recent conference on Australia's preparedness for a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak and the strategies in place to ensure Australia is not tested with a real-life outbreak. (3 pages)

Livestock industries’ future – value or volume?

Australasia’s major annual livestock industries’ science conference – Horizons in Livestock Sciences – will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 28-30 October.

Insect's mating secrets key to protecting Aussie farms

CSIRO scientists are combining micro sensing, sterile insect technology and new insect trapping systems to protect our farms from one of Australia’s most economically damaging pest - the Queensland fruit fly.

Dr Tim Heard: researching biocontrol of tropical weeds

Dr Tim Heard is researching invasive plants that have become weeds in tropical Australia by investigating potential biological control agents in their native range.

War on willows

This fact sheet details how CSIRO Plant Industry scientists are researching seed dispersal and polination strategies of one of the most agrresive willow species in Australia to help land managers control invasion in riverbank areas. (2 pages)

Over 100 new sharks and rays classified

Australian scientists have completed an ambitious 18-month project to name and describe more than 100 new species of sharks and rays.

Weeding out the risk of pest plants

This two-page information sheet is about CSIRO's latest framework for assessing the weed risk of new disease-resistant plants.

Managing species and natural ecosystems in a changing climate

CSIRO's Climate Adaptation Flagship research is developing and delivering adaptation options to protect from the impacts of climate change Australia's marine and terrestrial species, ecosystems and the services they provide.

Mr Jim Gould: understanding bushfire behaviour, management and suppression

Mr Jim Gould and his team investigate fuel and fire dynamics of bushfires to understand their behaviour better. They develop innovative science and technology to protect life and property, and manage fire in the landscape.

Invertebrate systematics

Through the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC), CSIRO Entomology is helping ensure the preservation and sustainable use of Australian ecosystems.

Climate change and invasive plants in South Australia

This report identifies weed threats and adaptation options for South Australia under projected future climate. Researchers found that increasing temperatures will allow many weed species to invade further south and east in South Australia. (107 pages)

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