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.

Integrated science for our carbon future

The 'Integrated science for our carbon future' presentation was delivered by CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Megan Clark. Provided here is an adapted transcript of the speech, which was addressed to Greenhouse 2011 in Cairns, Queensland, on 4 April.

The fires of 12 February 1977 in the western district of Victoria

The fires of 12 February 1977 in the western district of Victoria provides a detailed analysis of the bushfires that devastated Victoria’s western district.

Dr Tim Heard: researching biocontrol of tropical weeds

Dr Tim Heard is researching invasive plants that have become weeds in tropical Australia by investigating potential biological control agents in their native range.

War on willows

This fact sheet details how CSIRO Plant Industry scientists are researching seed dispersal and polination strategies of one of the most agrresive willow species in Australia to help land managers control invasion in riverbank areas. (2 pages)

Over 100 new sharks and rays classified

Australian scientists have completed an ambitious 18-month project to name and describe more than 100 new species of sharks and rays.

Mr Jim Gould: understanding bushfire behaviour, management and suppression

Mr Jim Gould and his team investigate fuel and fire dynamics of bushfires to understand their behaviour better. They develop innovative science and technology to protect life and property, and manage fire in the landscape.

Invertebrate systematics

Through the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC), CSIRO Entomology is helping ensure the preservation and sustainable use of Australian ecosystems.

Scientific summer for top Aussie students

Nineteen stellar tertiary students from around Australia will swap beachwear for lab coats this summer to work on their own science projects at CSIRO in Perth, Brisbane, Canberra, Merbein and Narrabri.

Managing pests under climate change

Invertebrate pests already cost Australian farmers up to A$500 million a year in lost production but the affect climate change could have on their ability to survive and thrive is still largely unknown.

South-West Western Australia: supporting state water management strategies

The Water for a Healthy Country Flagship is conducting research to increase water benefits across South-West Western Australia – from farms, towns and catchments to the complex dam and groundwater system surrounding Perth.

United Nations goes crazy over ant management

Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, Rio-Tinto Alcan Gove and CSIRO are celebrating winning the prestigious Biodiversity category of the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards tonight.

Improving wheat yields for global food security

With the world’s population set to reach 8.9 billion by 2050, CSIRO scientists are hunting down and exploiting a number of wheat’s key genetic traits in a bid to substantially boost its grain yield.

Climate change and invasive plants in South Australia

This report identifies weed threats and adaptation options for South Australia under projected future climate. Researchers found that increasing temperatures will allow many weed species to invade further south and east in South Australia. (107 pages)

Bushfires cloud air pollution problem

Scientists believe more bushfires generated by rising temperatures and lower rainfall will lead to lower air quality over a greater number of days in Australia, particularly in the south-east.

New tool to fast-track genetic gain in sheep

Scientists from CSIRO are part of an international team that today launched a new genomic tool which is set to transform the future selection and breeding of sheep around the world.

Dr Tracey Hinton: delivering medical therapeutics by RAFTing

Dr Tracey Hinton is a research scientist with CSIRO Livestock Industries working to develop new methods to deliver bioactive drugs.

Field Guide: Fuel Assessment and Fire Behaviour Prediction in Dry Eucalypt Forest

Based on the results of a decade of research, Field Guide: Fuel Assessment and Fire Behaviour Prediction in Dry Eucalypt Forest provides fire authorities with a systematic method for assessing fuel hazard and predicting potential fire behaviour in dry eucalypt forest.

Mesquite biocontrol with the stem girdler, Oncideres rhodisticta

The stem girdler, Oncideres rhodisticta was investigated as a potential biocontrol agent for mesquite, but was not released in Australia as it proved difficult to culture in the lab and preliminary data suggested it might not be sufficiently host-specific.

Dr Danny Llewellyn: leading cotton biotechnology

Dr Danny Llewellyn specialises in cotton biotechnology research. He has played an important role in developing the insect and herbicide tolerant, genetically modified cotton varieties which currently dominate the cotton industry.

New solutions to water management issues

We focus on finding new, integrated ways to manage our water supply and water resources issues. This includes land use change, salinity, climate change, groundwater extraction and drainage schemes. 

CSIRO Pyrotron ignites bushfire research

CSIRO has built a bushfire wind tunnel to research how bushfires spread and improve the safety and fire-fighting capabilities of Australian communities.

DNA test to revolutionise sheep worm control

CSIRO scientists have moved a step closer to developing a novel DNA test which has the potential to revolutionise management of one of the biggest threats to sheep health in Australia, the barber’s pole worm.

Protecting your home from bushfire (Podcast 27 Sep 2006)

In this interview, Mr Justin Leonard discusses ways you can prepare your home against bushfires. (7:44)

What happens to landscapes after a tropical cyclone? (Podcast 28 Sep 2007)

Professor Steve Turton talks about the impacts of Cyclone Larry. (5:45)

Mr Mic Julien: defending Australia against weed invasion

Mr Mic Julien is researching the control of invasive plant species in Austalia through field surveys for potential biological control agents, and taxonomy and biology studies of insects and pathogens.

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