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.

Going viral: CSIRO vs Contagion (Podcast 28 Oct 2011)

A reference to research undertaken by CSIRO's 'bat pack' team in Hollywood's latest disaster flick Contagion highlights the role CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) would play in a real-world version of the pandemic. (11:12)

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)

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A leading American livestock disease expert, Dr John Bannantine, has been awarded a McMaster Fellowship to support CSIRO Livestock Industries' efforts to reduce the impact of Johne's disease.

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)

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.

Beating the world's deadliest viral villains (Podcast 05 Dec 2011)

In this vodcast, we go inside CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), the front line of defence in helping to protect Australia from the threat of exotic and emerging animal and human diseases. (5:54)

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)

Climate change and invasive plants in South Australia

This report examines the potential impact of climate change on weeds in South Australia and adaptation options for weed control strategies.

White-tailed spider

White-tailed spiders are common in urban environments and are often found wandering houses at night in search of prey. Their bite has been implicated in tissue ulceration; however there has been little evidence to substantiate such claims.

The months of a fire season

Serious wildfires usually occur in the Australian landscape each year during a recognised fire season. Fire seasons differ in different parts of the country.

Managing our biodiversity and natural resources

Our research aims to better understand the ecological processes and organisms that support agriculture and native vegetation. The work is important to their management as ecologically sustainable systems.

Host plant resistance in Australian grain crops

This article from Farming Ahead is an overview of host plant resistance, the natural ability of plants to resist attack from pests, in Australian grain crops. (2 pages)

Foot-and-mouth disease global initiative

CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory is actively involved in an international alliance aimed at developing new vaccines, diagnostic tests and antiviral drugs for foot-and-mouth disease.

Risk analysis and response

CSIRO scientists are researching biosecurity threats to pollination and developing invasive species impact assessment and prioritisation methods as part of our risk analysis and response research.

Environmental Stewardship Initiative for the Australian Wool Industry

CSIRO is working with the Australian wool industry to identify greasy and processed wool that meets the requirements of new European legislation on pesticides and other chemical residues, which come into effect in 2007

Biological control of alligator weed

Scientists at CSIRO are researching several new biological control agents for the control of alligator weed in cooler climates and terrestrial habitats of Australia.

Plant diversity and conservation

CSIRO studies Australian plant diversity and community ecology and aims to conserve and protect it against threats such as exotic plant invasions.

Modelling natural systems

CSIRO Entomology have developed Dymex, a population modelling program providing researchers with a means of building complex population models for biological organisms.

Using artificial neural networks to predict invasive species

Artificial neural networks, specifically self organising maps (SOM's) can provide an objective method to help assess worldwide pest species assemblages and biosecurity risks.

Science for tomorrow: new developments

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on the fight against a new wheat rust strain, the importance of Australian biological collections, a foot and mouth disease model in cattle and the fight against noogoora burr. (1 page)

Overview of modelling climate change impacts on sleeper and alert weeds in Australia

This document outlines details of a report on alert and sleeper weed species that were assessed for their change of potential distribution due to climate change in Australia.

Strategic approach helps tackle Pythium

This article from Farming Ahead discusses the results of a study on Pythium root disease complexes which will enable grain growers to improve the sustainability and productivity of their crop rotations. (4 pages)

NIPI News: August 2007

Find out about the National Invertebrate Pest Initiative in this issue of its newsletter. (1 page)

Pest changes bring new challenges to grain growers

This article from Farming Ahead provides an overview of the current knowledge of invertebrate pests and their management in Australian grain systems. (3 pages)

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