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)
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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)