Dr Tim Heard: the insect tracker
On the hunt for exotic species for biological control use in Australia, Dr Tim Heard, a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, often finds himself in faraway places offering rewarding experiences.
The hunt for useful exotic animal and plant species has taken Dr Tim Heard, a tropical weeds senior research scientist, to faraway places.
Willow sawfly, first identified in Australia in 2005 and now well established in the ACT and surrounding areas (Queanbeyan, Braidwood and Cooma) of south east New South Wales (NSW), attacks both pest and amenity willows.
CSIRO cane toad research
CSIRO scientists have explored the use of gene technology to reduce the number of Australian cane toads.
Pest resistant cotton mite be a little closer
CSIRO scientist Dr Junji Miyazaki has found that not all types of cotton are susceptible to common pests like mites and whitefly. By understanding the physiological basis for resistance, cotton breeders might be able to include resistance mechanisms in future cotton varieties and thereby further reduce pesticide use.
Emergency detection and response
CSIRO technologies are helping Australians prepare for, detect, respond to and recover from natural disasters and emergency situations.
CSIRO Plant Industry
CSIRO Plant Industry conducts research to promote profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, develop new plant products and improve natural resource management.
New crops, new pests?
This document includes the presentation from forum two of the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities symposia, held 18-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. (33 pages)
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Control of the devastating silverleaf whitefly from Australian vegetable and cotton crops is a step closer with CSIRO being granted permission to release a wasp as a biological control agent.
Managing invasive insects
CSIRO is developing biological control techniques for the management of some of Australia’s main insect pests. This will help reduce the amount of pesticide used and provide control at a landscape level.
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.
Controlling mesquite in northern Australia
Scientists at CSIRO are using an integrated management approach aimed at providing a basis for long-term management of mesquite, including mechanical, chemical and biological techniques and the use of fire and grazing strategies.
Environmentally friendly insecticides
By targetting the chemistry of the insects own hormones, CSIRO is developing a new class of insecticide that is pest-specific and produces no harmful side-effects.