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.

Hendra virus

In 1994, a deadly new virus threatened to stop Australia's premier horse race – the Melbourne Cup. This virus is now known as Hendra virus.

NIPI News: June 2008

Find out about the National Invertebrate Pest Initiative in this issue of its newsletter. (2 pages)

GRDC National Invertebrate Pest Initiative Annual Workshop

This report details information from the GRDC National Invertebrate Pest Initiative workshop held on climate change and integrated pest management, November 2007. (25 pages)

Prestigious award for CSIRO cotton researchers

CSIRO researchers, Dr Danny Llewellyn, Dr Greg Constable and Dr Gary Fitt, have been presented with the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Award for 2006.

Dr Chris Prideaux: Deputy Chief, CSIRO Livestock Industries

Dr Chris Prideaux is the author of numerous articles, conference papers and three international patents covering various areas of vaccine development.

Mimosa biological control project

CSIRO scientists are researching new biological control agents to help manage and control Mimosa pigra, an introduced weed invading wetlands in tropical Australia.

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. 

Dr Gene Wijffels: Research Program Leader, Integrated Mammalian Biology

Dr Gene Wijffels is a protein chemist with expertise in protein interactions, vaccine development and immunology.

Strategic, Policy and Regulatory issues relating to the invasion threats from new crop species

This document includes presentations from session three of the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities symposia held 18-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australia Capital Territory. (135 pages)

Breeding better cereal varieties and improving crop management

CSIRO researchers are investigating the sustainable agricultural production of wheat, barley and rice varieties suited to changing national and global conditions.

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.

Managing insect pests and weeds

CSIRO has a history of biological control successes against weeds and insect pests and our scientists are working on new control agents. CSIRO has a history of biological control successes and our scientists are using their expertise to find more natural enemies of introduced weeds and insect pests.

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)

Prawn virus detection kits

CSIRO worked with the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in Thailand to produce kits that can detect the presence of several prawn viruses.

Biosecurity and invasive species

This fact sheet outlines biosecurity research by CSIRO, which is helping to manage the increasing threat and damage from invasive alien species that come with globalisation. (2 pages)

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.

Farming Ahead: CSIRO and related articles from 2009

Farming Ahead magazine regularly features CSIRO's research for the agricultural sector. This is a list of CSIRO articles published in the magazine throughout 2009.

The picnickers nightmare: European wasp

Accidentally imported from Europe, European wasps now disrupt outdoor recreational activities and threaten native insects in southern Australia.

Dr Mark Crane: supporting Australia's aquaculture industries

Dr Mark Crane is Officer in Charge of the Fish Diseases Laboratory at CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory.

Managing moth resistance to cottons

Genetics research by CSIRO scientists is helping to prolong the life of transgenic cottons containing insect toxins. Genetics research by CSIRO scientists is helping to prolong the life of transgenic cottons containing insect toxins.

Biological control of the Old World climbing fern in the USA

The USDA’s Australian Biological Control Laboratory is conducting biological control studies on Old World climbing fern, a native of the moist old world tropics and subtropics, which is a weed in the USA.

Dr Owain Edwards: Investigating how insects adapt to their environment

Dr Owain Edwards is applying his knowledge of insect ecology, evolutionary biology, and genomics to develop novel strategies to control pests, and to improve biodiversity management.

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)

CSIRO keeps our grain the market leader

For an expectant return of A$20 for every dollar invested in CSIRO’s Stored Grain Research Laboratory, it has to be one of the best R&D success stories around. The Stored Grain Research Laboratory has kept Australian grain in the forefront of the world export market.

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