Controlling bridal creeper
In this video see how scientists have found a rust fungus capable of causing severe damage to and eventually killing bridal creeper, one of Australia’s worst environmental weeds. (2:30)
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With the cooler weather and frosts arriving, European wasp activity may decrease but the life of a queen is just beginning.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Breakthrough in fight against Hendra virus
There has been a breakthrough in the fight against the deadly Hendra virus following the development of a treatment which shows great potential to save the lives of people who become infected with the virus.
Myxomatosis and rabbits in Australia today
Introduced by CSIRO in 1950, myxomatosis almost wiped out Australia’s pest rabbits. Natural selection has led to a balance between myxoma virus and wild rabbits today, but pet bunnies remain highly susceptible.
Biosecurity and invasive species
We have a history of biological control successes and our scientists are using their expertise to find more natural enemies of introduced weeds.
Tiny beetle helps battle mimosa in tropical wetlands
A tiny beetle with an enormous responsibility is soon to be released in the Northern Territory. It will join its friends who are already battling mimosa, a woody weed that has invaded large swathes of wetland in Australia’s tropical north.