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.

Common paper wasps

Common paper wasp nests occur around the home hanging from eaves, pergolas or vegetation. Adult wasps will defend their nest and can sting repeatedly if threatened or when the nest is disturbed. 

Sustainable farming

CSIRO is studying management practices such as crop sequence, nitrogen fertiliser application, and tillage and stubble management with the aim of helping farms remain sustainable and profitable into the future.

Science for tomorrow: New developments

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on bushfire research, design and management of plantings for greenhouse mitigation, the use of local seed in revegetation and indigenous values guiding water research in the north (1 page)

Biological control of cabomba

CSIRO Entomology has started a project to discover and test biological control agents from cabomba's home range of Argentina and adjacent countries in an effort to find a long-term sustainable solution to control this aquatic weed.

CSIRO scientists appointed to the Eminent Scientists Group of Biosecurity Australia

Two CSIRO scientists have been appointed to the Eminent Scientists Group  of Biosecurity Australia to enhance the scientific assessment and management of pest and disease risks associated with proposed agricultural imports.

Science for tomorrow: New developments

This article from Farming Ahead contains three stories on resistance to wheat streak mosaic virus, the Indian Ocean imprint in Australia’s south-east and fighting flystrike in sheep. (1 page)

The Paterson's curse pollen beetle

This two-page brochure discusses how to promote the establishment and survival of the pollen beetle, Meligethes planiusculus, a biocontrol agent for Paterson's curse in Australia.

Rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD)

This fact sheet details the use of rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD) as a biological control for rabbits in Australia. (2 pages)

Science for tomorrow

This one-page extract from Farming Ahead describes research across CSIRO for rural industries.

Molecular tools help target willows

This article from Farming Ahead describes how willows were originally use to help control erosion but have become a major weed in some areas and CSIRO’s use of molecular tools to look at how they spread in river catchments. (3 pages)

Working to safeguard Australia from animal disease threats

CSIRO works with government agencies, laboratories, research institutions and industry to ensure trade access for Australia’s livestock and livestock products.

Science for tomorrow: developments

Four stories on CSIRO and Flagship research on livestock, grains and animal disease outbreaks extracted from Farming Ahead. (1 page)

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.

Dr Rieks van Klinken: helping to tackle invasive species

Dr Rieks van Klinken's ecological skills are helping to address invasive species problems.

NIPI newsletter

Fund out the latest news from the National Invertebrate Pest Initiative with the NIPI newsletter.

The roles of invasive species in tropical fragmented landscapes

CSIRO is researching plant community composition on the coastal floodplains of three major Wet Tropics rivers to provide an indicator of ecosystem health and the impact of habitat fragmentation.

Christmas beetles arrive on cue

Find out how the aptly named Christmas beetle knows just when to arrive and what impact they can have on the Australian environment.

Biological control of Scotch broom

Scotch broom is an introduced weed threatening environmental, forestry and grazing land in higher rainfall areas of South-Eastern Australia.

Pests of field crops and pastures

This comprehensive handbook on economic entomology for field crops and pastures encompasses pests and beneficial insects as well as allied forms of importance in Australian agriculture.

Bitou bush biological control

Bitou bush is an introduced weed and rated as the worst pest plant in the Australian coastal environment, restricting access to beaches and destroying native bushland. This project focused on biological control using several different insect species.

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.

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