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.

A vaccine for gill disease in Atlantic salmon

Scientists are working with Atlantic salmon growers to develop a vaccine against amoebic gill disease, a major health problem for the Tasmanian industry.

Understanding bushfire impact on water yield

In the summer of 2002-03, devastating bushfires destroyed 700 000 hectares of forest in northeast Victoria. CSIRO scientists used remote sensing technologies to estimate the impact of the fires on water yield in major catchment areas.

An introduction to physical-statistical modelling using Bayesian methods

This 18-page technical report by CSIRO’s Dr Edward Campbell discusses integrating physical and statistical models using Bayesian methods. This approach helps environmental scientists deal with uncertainty in forecasting.

Dr Peter Dodds: investigating the molecular basis of rust disease resistance

Dr Dodds' research aims to elucidate how plants recognise and respond to pathogens with the ultimate aim of protecting important food crops from devastating diseases.

Biological control of blue heliotrope

CSIRO investigated possible biological control options for the introduced plant, blue heliotrope, which is now a major weed in some areas.

Controlling bridal creeper

In this video see how scientists have found a rust fungus capable of causing severe damage to and eventually killing bridal creeper, one of Australia’s worst environmental weeds. (2:30)

Mesquite biocontrol with the sap-sucking Coreid, Mozena obtusa

The sap-sucking Coreid, Mozena obtusa was investigated as a potential biological control agent for mesquite, a woody weed invading semi-arid and arid parts of Australia.

CSIRO cane toad research

CSIRO scientists have explored the use of gene technology to reduce the number of Australian cane toads.

Scientific papers (2008): plant diseases and pests

This page lists all CSIRO Plant Industry's scientific papers published in 2008 related to plant diseases and pests.

Dr Robert Moore: leading research to modulate host responses

Dr Rob Moore is a molecular biologist working to improve poultry health and productivity by developing vaccines and therapeutics for the poultry industry.

DNA blueprint for healthier and more efficient cows

Ground breaking findings by an international consortium of scientists who sequenced and analysed the bovine genome, could result in more sustainable food production.

The virus that stunned Australia's rabbits

Read how CSIRO stopped rabbits in their tracks in the 1950s. In the 1950s, millions of rabbits were decimating Australian agriculture and destroying the environment. CSIRO scientists responded by releasing a virus that had a dramatic effect.

What a tangled food web

Scientists are studying interactions between insect communities in crop and non-crop vegetation to help get the most out of natural pest control. (2 pages)

CSIRO Entomology: a sense of history

On 30 June 2010, Dr Jim Cullen presented an overview of the history of CSIRO's Division of Entomology from 1928 to 2010. Watch his presentation in the video below (73:12) or download the PowerPoint slides. (177 pages)

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.

Mozzie protein alert to invading viruses

CSIRO scientists have discovered how mosquitoes develop viral immunity, potentially leading to improved vaccines, and other control measures, for mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and West Nile.

CSIRO Grassland Fire Spread Meter

The CSIRO Grassland Fire Spread Meter is used by rural fire authorities to predict a fire’s potential rate of forward spread across continuous grassland in gently undulating terrain.

Off and on-farm savings of irrigation water in the Murrumbidgee area

A 16-page report by Water for a Healthy Country about research which has established that big water savings are possible in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.

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)

The Hidden crisis in the Murray-Darling Basin (Podcast 19 Jun 2008)

The drought in the Murray-Darling Basin continues, but lack of rainfall is not the only woe to afflict one of the country’s most productive agricultural regions. In this podcast, CSIRO’s Dr Ian Smith, Co-Ordinator of the South East Australia Climate Initiative, explains that global warming has a less obvious, but very real, threat. (6.06)  

Beating the world's deadliest viral villains (Podcast 05 Dec 2011)

In this vodcast, we go inside CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), the front line of defence in helping to protect Australia from the threat of exotic and emerging animal and human diseases. (5:54)

Biological control of water hyacinth

One of the world’s worst aquatic weeds, water hyacinth, has been controlled in many places around the world using biological control agents.

The Paterson’s curse root weevil

This two-page brochure discusses how to promote the establishment and survival of the root weevil, Mogulones geographicus, a biocontrol agent for Paterson's curse in Australia.

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)

Equine influenza

This fact sheet provides information about equine influenza and the outbreak of disease that occurred in Australia during 2007.

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