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)
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)
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.
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 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.
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)
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.
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.
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.