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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

CSIRO scientists discover a new bat virus in humans

CSIRO scientists have played a key role in discovering that bats are the likely host of a new virus that can cause a serious but apparently non-fatal respiratory tract illness in humans.

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.

Weeding out the risk of pest plants

This two-page information sheet is about CSIRO's latest framework for assessing the weed risk of new disease-resistant plants.

Weeding out the risk of pest plants

More accurate assessments of the environmental risks associated with the release of disease-resistant plants are now possible following CSIRO’s development of a new framework that identifies potential weed pests.

Dr Paul Monaghan: using microscopy to illuminate host-pathogen interactions

Dr Paul Monaghan is a microscopist working within the high biocontainment area at CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong. His focus is on confocal and live cell imaging.

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.

Stress, Strain, and Productivity in Men Suppressing Wildland Fires with Hand Tools

Stress, Strain, and Productivity in Men Suppressing Wildland Fires with Hand Tools examines the stresses firefighters experience, their physiological and subjective responses and their work behaviour and productivity.

Community monitoring of urban bushfire management

We are working with selected Community Fire Units to find ways for communities to measure the effectiveness of their bushfire risk management.

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.

Housing options in bushfire-prone areas

A house that is fairly conventional in design but is able to resist flames may provide an affordable alternative in bushfire prone areas.

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.

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