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.

Breeding better salmon

The Food Futures Flagship is improving the quality of Tasmanian Atlantic salmon through a selective breeding program.

Biological control of the Australian broadleaf paperbark in the USA

Introduced deliberately into the USA, the Australian native broadleaf paperbark tree is now an invasive pest in the Everglades of Florida and is the subject of biological control research in Australia.

Science for tomorrow: developments

Four CSIRO research projects from Farming Ahead: invigorating wheat production, accurately mapping water availability, weeding out the risk of pest plants and a survey to help refine seasonal forecasts. (1 page)

Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds: results of CLIMEX models Part 2

This document contains profiles for 13 of the 41 alert and sleeper weed species that were assessed for their potential to change distribution due to climate change as part of the report Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds. (93 pages)

Protecting crops against Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

Plants with total immunity to the devastating Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus could be a step closer thanks to breeding of resistant species and the creation of a synthetic gene primed to recognise the virus and destroy it. (2 pages)

Strengthening scientific research links between Australia and China

An agreement between CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) will facilitate joint research in biosecurity and quarantine between Australia and China.

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)

Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds: results of CLIMEX models Part 3

This document contains profiles for 12 of the 41 alert and sleeper weed species that were assessed for their potential to change distribution due to climate change as part of the report Modelling Climate Change Impacts on Sleeper and Alert Weeds. (86 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)

Understanding the connections between land and atmosphere

CSIRO research is improving our understanding of how the interactions between land and atmosphere can impact on climate, water resources, environmental health and productivity.

Improved pest database to protect agriculture

An important tool for protecting Australia’s precious natural environment and agricultural industries has been updated and improved.

Dr Jen Smith: sheep breeding for wool quality and production

Dr Jen Smith is a quantitative geneticist with particular skills and interest in wool metrology and breeding Merinos for wool quality and disease resistance.

Smart women use science to conquer weeds

A team of PhD students, jointly supported by CSIRO and the University of Queensland, has won a Smart Women - Smart State award for their research investigating the four major mechanisms behind costly and destructive weed invasions.

Locust researcher named as finalist for Eureka Prize

Dr Richard Milner, an Honorary Fellow at CSIRO Entomology in Canberra, has been named as a finalist for the prestigious Sherman Eureka Prize for Environmental Research.

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.

Dr Lyn Hinds: managing vertebrate pests

Dr Lyn Hind’s research on biotechnological approaches for fertility control will facilitate the management of vertebrate pests in Australia.

Mr Tim Dyall: agricultural scientist

Mr Tim Dyall is an agricultural scientist with CSIRO Livestock Industries. Based at the FD McMaster Laboratory in Chiswick, New South Wales, his work focuses on data collection, storage and analysis.

Professor Peter Walker: reducing the risk of viral disease emergence

Professor Peter Walker leads research at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), focusing on understanding and mitigating the factors that lead to the emergence and spread of infectious diseases.

Purpose and responsibilities of AAHL

AAHL is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.

School students win major international awards

Two Australian school students who competed successfully in this year’s BHP Billiton Science Awards have gone on to win prizes in two major international science competitions.

Dr Louise Morin: using fungi to fight Australia’s weeds

Dr Louise Morin applies her plant pathology skills to develop new approaches for the biological control of weeds and to assist biosecurity responses following incursion of plant pathogens in Australia. Her research portfolio incorporates molecular approaches wherever necessary and also considers the broader ecological impact.

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.

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