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.

Alien invaders are on the march (Podcast 22 May 2009)

While the implications of climate change for biodiversity have been widely recognised, the insidious effect of invasive alien species (IAS) on global biodiversity stays under the radar. (4:50)

Research aims to reduce spread of deadly horse virus (Podcast 31 Mar 2009)

CSIRO scientists have made a major breakthrough in better understanding how the deadly Hendra virus (HeV) can transmit from infected horses to people and other horses. (6:20)

A sick future: the risk of new and emerging disease (Podcast 04 Mar 2011)

More than 600 international experts in human, animal and environmental health met in Melbourne recently to discuss disease risks and challenges brought about by the interactions between animals, humans and the environment. (8:37)

Understanding bushfire behaviour to save lives

Although bushfires are notoriously unpredictable, CSIRO scientists have the ability to develop reliable tools for predicting fire behaviour which may save lives and help to limit damage.

Bridal creeper leafhopper

The leafhopper Zygina species was the first biological control agent to be released on bridal creeper in Australia.

New lab provides speedy response to animal disease emergencies (Podcast 06 Aug 2008)

A new 'state of the art' laboratory at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong has the capacity to rapidly diagnose an emergency animal disease outbreak, potentially preventing its spread. In this podcast, the Director of AAHL, Dr Martyn Jeggo, explains how the lab will process more samples, faster. (5:00)

New bat virus discovered in humans (Podcast 26 Jun 2007)

CSIRO scientists have played a key role in discovering that bats are the likely host of a new virus, and Dr Linfa Wang from CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory discusses, in this seven-minute podcast,  the Melaka virus and its effect on humans. (6:55)

Farming Ahead: CSIRO and related articles from 2008

Farming Ahead magazine regularly features CSIRO's research for the agricultural sector. This is a list of CSIRO articles published in the magazine throughout 2008.

Dr Sharon J Downes: researching insect resistance in cotton

Dr Sharon J Downes: researching insect resistance in cotton.

Australia-China research links strengthened

CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) today (Tuesday 10 April) signed a Relationship Agreement to facilitate research in biosecurity and quarantine.

Waging war on wheat pest: Grains Week 2006

Australian researchers are investigating breeding resistance into cereal plants to protect wheat and barley crops in the event of a Russian wheat aphid onslaught.

Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds: Appendix B: results of CLIMEX models

This document forms part of Appendix B of the Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds report and shows the development of and results for the CLIMEX models for species identified as sleeper or alert weeds. (12 pages)

Farm management overview

CSIRO researches farm management including crops, pastures and livestock to improve production. CSIRO researches farm management including crops, pastures and livestock to improve profitability and sustainability along the entire production chain.

Seed dispersal science used to combat weed invasions

In a scientific first, ecologists are applying their understanding of native rainforest seed dispersal to predict where and how the seeds of invasive weeds will spread across the landscape.

Cabomba: a fast-growing submerged aquatic weed

CSIRO Entomology is researching sustainable control methods for cabomba, an introduced aquatic weed that has the potential to spread throughout aquatic habitats in Australia.

Weeds will thrive on climate change

The potential effects of climate change on the distribution of weeds is discussed in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)

Technical report no 163: evaluation of remote sensing for predicting long term hydrological impacts of forest regeneration as a result of bushfire

CSIRO remote sensing specialists analysed Landsat satellite images to accurately map changes in the forest cover to assist land and resource managers, particularly in bushfire management. (55 pages)

The European rabbit

European rabbits were introduced into Australia in 1859 and soon became a major pest species. Read about their distribution and control.

Advancing Australian aquaculture

The Food Futures Flagship links research and industry partners in projects that raise the value and competitiveness of Australian aquaculture.

Fighting disease, pests and weeds

CSIRO has extensive capabilities in researching, understanding and tackling various insect pests of plants, plant diseases and weeds.

Science for tomorrow: New developments

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on a revised grassfire guide, a new water yield assessment project, a genomic tool to speed up genetic gain in sheep breeding and a long-term ocean observation network. (1 page)

Redlegged earth mite: its status and control

This article from Farming Ahead discusses how high winter-rainfall areas of southern Australia are plagued by the redlegged earth mite (Halotydeus destructor) and how yields of susceptible crops can be reduced by half. (3 pages)

Understanding the science of fire

CSIRO's Fire Science research program uses our expertise in material flammability, fire growth and control, and bushfire impact on infrastructure to improve fire safety.

Mr Warren Müller: applying statistics to biological and environmental problems

Mr Warren Müller has over 35 years of experience as a biometrician at CSIRO collaborating extensively with other CSIRO scientists on a wide range of biological and environmental science projects.

Fire suppression

CSIRO scientists, as part of the Australian Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), are investigating the effectiveness of aerial suppression of bushfires. The project will provide information needed to shape national aerial firefighting strategies.

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