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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.