Thrips are often little known by most people, but some species are considered major agricultural pests.
Tackling pests: it’s neighbour joining neighbour
This article from Farming Ahead discusses how the results of a CSIRO study into silverleaf whitefly control have broad implications for cost-effective strategies across a spread of farming environments. (3 pages)
Going viral: CSIRO vs Contagion (Podcast 28 Oct 2011)
A reference to research undertaken by CSIRO's 'bat pack' team in Hollywood's latest disaster flick Contagion highlights the role CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) would play in a real-world version of the pandemic. (11:12)
Eye-in-the-sky helps pinpoint prickly problem
CSIRO research on a tool to track the spread of the devastating weed prickly acacia across Australia’s northern grasslands is described in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)
Pollinator decline not reducing crop yields just yet
The well-documented worldwide decline in the number of bees and other pollinators is not, at this stage, limiting global crop yields, according to the results of an international study published in the latest edition of the respected science journal, Current Biology.
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.
CSIRO opens rapid response animal disease centre
The Federal Minister for Industry, Innovation, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, officially opened CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Diagnostic Emergency Response Laboratory (DERL) at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong today.
Science for tomorrow: developments
This article from Farming Ahead contains stories on decoding the Eucalyptus genome, on a new initiative to improve the management of invertebrate pests, on boosting cattle weaning rates and on an improved tea tree variety for oil production. (1 page)
Dr Matt Plucinski: bushfire suppression and management
Dr Matt Plucinski is a research scientist with the CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems Bushfire Dynamics and Applications group. His primary research interest is bushfire suppression, including the use of aerial suppression.