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.

Bridal creeper rust fungus

The rust fungus, Puccinia myrsiphylli, is one of a suite of agents released in Australia as a biocontrol agent for the environmental weed, bridal creeper.

Revegetation by design: the Queensland bush working for you

CSIRO and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries are collaborating on a project designed to investigate native vegetation as a pest management service to the vegetable industry.

The months of a fire season

Serious wildfires usually occur in the Australian landscape each year during a recognised fire season. Fire seasons differ in different parts of the country.

Science for tomorrow: New developments

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on breeding the horns off cattle, farmed prawns’ secret feeding habits, a guide to improving cotton quality and biological control of the weeds, Cape tulips. (1 page)

Biological control of Cape broom

CSIRO scientists are currently investigating two potential agents for release in Australia to help control Cape broom, an introduced weed in southern Australia.

Capturing the ecosystem service of pest control from native vegetation: the bush working for you

Scientists are researching the role of native vegetation as a means of improved pest management strategies for agricultural systems. (2 pages)

NIPI News: January 2009

Find out about the work being done by the National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI) in this issue of its newsletter. (9 pages)

Justin Leonard: Leading bushfire impact and vulnerability research

Justin Leonard’s research interests are in bushfire mechanism interaction with infrastructure and the context of bushfire losses including community behaviour and fire fighter safety.

Mesquite biocontrol with the leaf-tier, Evippe sp. #1

This fact sheet describes research on Evippe sp. #1, a leaf tying-moth from Argentina that was released in Australia as a biological control on the introduced invasive weeds species mesquite.

Wild radish impacts on crop production in southern Australia

Wild radish has a major economic impact on crop production in southern Australia, with herbicide expenditure alone on this weed exceeding A$40 million annually and herbicide resistance an increasing problem.

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