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.

Biological control of water hyacinth

One of the world’s worst aquatic weeds, water hyacinth, has been controlled in many places around the world using biological control agents.

The Paterson’s curse root weevil

This two-page brochure discusses how to promote the establishment and survival of the root weevil, Mogulones geographicus, a biocontrol agent for Paterson's curse in Australia.

Tackling pests: it’s neighbour joining neighbour

This article from Farming Ahead discusses how the results of a CSIRO study into silverleaf whitefly control have broad implications for cost-effective strategies across a spread of farming environments. (3 pages)

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)

Fire, fragmentation and conservation in the western wheat belt

Researchers with CSIRO and Western Australia’s Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) are studying the impact of fire and fragmentation on regional plant diversity.

Tapping into nature’s own landscape services

This article from Farming Ahead looks at how farmers, scientists and conservationists are looking for ways to make Australian farming landscapes more sustainable by harnessing the ecosystem services provided by native vegetation. (3 pages)

Equine influenza

This fact sheet provides information about equine influenza and the outbreak of disease that occurred in Australia during 2007.

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.

Alternatives to antibiotics reduce animal disease

CSIRO researchers are developing vaccines and investigating other alternatives to in-feed antibiotics for livestock. These new products will improve animal health and welfare and reduce the risk of drug-resistant bacteria.

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.

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.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Australian Biological Control Laboratory

Research at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Brisbane based Australian Biological Control Laboratory targets native Australian plants that are weeds in the USA.

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)

Mr Justin Perry: Research Project Officer for Rangelands and Savannas

Mr Justin Perry has a background in fire management and is working towards promoting fire management practices for the conservation of biodiversity in Northern Australia.

Fungus foils plague locust attacks

This two-page article from Farming Ahead details how CSIRO has developed a new locust control measure from a strain of the naturally occurring fungus Metarhizium.

Not all flies are a pest

Flies belong to the diverse order of insects known as Diptera and many species exhibit a range of interesting and beneficial behaviour.

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.

Water and climate

This two-page information sheet outlines work being carried out by the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship to reduce the uncertainty of both water supply and demand in the face of climate change.

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.

Animal health & welfare overview

CSIRO has developed many practical tools to assist Australia's rural sector, such as vaccines, diagnostic tests, treatments and mineral supplements. These have meant better health for millions of animals.

Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds final report

This report details how CLIMEX modelling software is being used to help predict the potential spread of 41 sleeper and alert weed species in Australia as a result of climate change. (44 pages)

National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI)

The National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI) brings together Australian scientists from State Departments, Universities, growers and CSIRO to improve pest management in Australian grain crops.

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