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.

Bushfire publications: papers (pre-2000)

CSIRO provides reprints of many of its bushfire research papers at no charge.

Vaccine protects from deadly Hendra virus

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

Environmentally friendly microbes go mining (Podcast 06 Mar 2009)

An extremophile is any microbe that has adapted to living conditions of extreme temperature, pressure or chemical concentration. This adaption allows certain types of extremophile bacteria to be used in the extraction of metal from ore through the process of bioleaching. (4:25)

Scientists eradicate deadly cattle disease (Podcast 13 Jul 2011)

Elimination of the deadly cattle plague virus rinderpest makes it the first animal disease in history to have been wiped out by humans. (10:43)

Termites get the vibe on what tastes good

Researchers from CSIRO and UNSW@ADFA  [external link] have shown that termites can tell what sort of material their food is made of, without having to actually touch it. The findings may lead to improvements in the control of feeding termites.

Carbon dioxide maintains organic grains in premium condition

Carbon dioxide is the mainstay for effective insect control in stored organic and biodynamic grains.

21st Century Agricultural Revolution

This document includes session one presentations from the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities symposia held 18-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. (199 pages)

Drought and farming overview

CSIRO is researching ways to help farmers remain productive during drought conditions. They are also discovering methods to improve water use efficiency and maximise production.

Facing Africa's food security challenges

Increasing the productivity of Africa’s agricultural systems is one of the most significant challenges facing global agriculture. CSIRO is working with African scientists and institutions to help African’s develop long term solutions.

Dr Mathew Cook: developing molecular tools for Atlantic salmon aquaculture

Dr Mathew Cook leads research on developing molecular tools to support the health and productivity of Australia's Atlantic salmon industry.

Dr Ian Colditz: improving animal health and welfare

Dr Ian Colditz, a veterinary scientist with a background in immunology, is working to improve welfare and disease resistance in sheep and cattle.

Dr Sandra Eady: assessing life cycle and carbon balance in agriculture

Dr Sandra Eady is a geneticist with expertise in developing national breeding programs and implementing them on-farm. Her current research explores life cycle assessment for agriculture and carbon farming.

Protecting Tasmania’s salmon industry (Podcast 16 Aug 2007)

Tasmania is renowned for its Atlantic salmon, but the fish are under attack from amoebic gill disease and in this podast Dr Mathew Cook, from CSIRO and the Food Futures Flagship, talks about a new a vaccine designed to boost the productivity of Tasmania’s  A$230 million a year Atlantic salmon industry. (4:53)

Melaka virus: a significant discovery for human health

A CSIRO team led by Dr Linfa Wang played a key role in uncovering a new virus that can cause a respiratory tract illness in humans. Dr Wang explains the significance of the discovery in this video. (6:00)

Conference on Bushfire Modelling and Fire Danger Ratings Systems: Proceedings

Conference on Bushfire Modelling and Fire Danger Ratings Systems: Proceedings collects papers delivered by leading scientists and managers during a 1988 conference in Canberra.

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.

Mr Gordon McLachlan: Senior Technical Officer (Scientific)

Mr Gordon McLachlan supports soil physics research in the laboratory and the field with expertise in soil sampling, soil field measurement and instrumentation, and measurement of soil physical characteristics in the laboratory.

Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture

CSIRO and James Cook University have a strategic alliance known as the Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture (TLJV) to facilitate collaborative research between these two world-class organisations.

Dr Sam McCullough: managing diagnostic services

Dr Sam McCullough is Manager of Diagnostic Services for the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Group (DSR) at CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria.

South-West Western Australia: supporting state water management strategies

The Water for a Healthy Country Flagship is conducting research to increase water benefits across South-West Western Australia – from farms, towns and catchments to the complex dam and groundwater system surrounding Perth.

Securing Australia from invasive species (Podcast 13 Oct 2008)

Discover how Chinese scientist Dr YongLin Ren has been working to safely and effectively control stored grain pests in Australia. Dr Ren talks about his work in this special Mandarin edition of CSIROpod. (9:24)

SiroFire – helping fire authorities predict wildfire spread

Understanding probably wildfire spread is vital to the efficient use of firefighting resources. CSIRO scientists developed SiroFire, a computer-based real-time bushfire spread simulator, to give fire control authorities a fast operational tool to predict wildfire spread.

Dr Laurence Mound: thrips expert

Using electronic information systems Dr Laurence Mound is providing rapid identification techniques that can help prevent the establishment of potential pest insects in Australia. 

Indian Ocean temperature link to bushfires

The weather conditions that lead to Victoria’s past two major bushfires may be linked to lower than normal sea-surface temperatures in the eastern Indian Ocean, according to researchers from CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship.

Underground solutions to sustainable agriculture: Grains Week 2006

Australian researchers are overcoming major barriers to sustainable agriculture by improving root growth and function in cropping systems.

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