Fighting frog fungus
Australian scientists, including a team at CSIRO, were first to identify a fungus as the cause of mass frog declines in Australia and Panama.
Managing lippia under climate change
This article from Farming Ahead details research on the use of computer simulation models to show how climate change is likely to affect the invasive plant, lippia, in the Murray-Darling Basin and how the results are relevant to other riparian weeds. (3 pages)
Keeping Australia foot and mouth free
This article from Farming Ahead looks at recent conference on Australia's preparedness for a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak and the strategies in place to ensure Australia is not tested with a real-life outbreak. (3 pages)
Potato cyst nematode in Australia
This article from Farming Ahead discusses how potato cyst nematode is an expensive problem throughout the world and efforts to control its spread affect the movement of produce in 106 countries. (3 pages)
Helping grain growers fight an army of pests
Research into how to reduce the impact of insect-attack on young crops will be a major focus of a National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI) workshop to be held in Melbourne from 2-4 September.
Fighting Nipah virus
In 1998-99, an outbreak of a new virus now called Nipah virus killed more than 100 people and thousands of pigs in Malaysia.
Weeding out the risk of pest plants
More accurate assessments of the environmental risks associated with the release of disease-resistant plants are now possible following CSIRO’s development of a new framework that identifies potential weed pests.
‘Invasive aliens’ threaten global biodiversity
While the implications of climate change for biodiversity have been widely recognised, the insidious effect of invasive alien species (IAS) on global biodiversity stays under the radar.
AAHL set to meet growing biosecurity challenge
Australia’s ability to protect itself from incursions of diseases such as avian flu, rabies and SARS has been strengthened with a funding boost of $A16.8 million over four years to the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), which is managed by CSIRO.
Warming could change SA’s weed pests
Hotter temperatures and reduced rainfall in South Australia due to climate change could prompt a period of ‘weed change’ across the state, according to a new report from CSIRO.