Science for tomorrow: developments
Four CSIRO research projects from Farming Ahead: invigorating wheat production, accurately mapping water availability, weeding out the risk of pest plants and a survey to help refine seasonal forecasts. (1 page)
Animal health laboratory internationally recognised
Australian scientists will be better prepared to tackle exotic animal diseases, such as avian influenza (AI), following international recognition of CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong as a ‘OIE Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building for Veterinary Laboratories’.
CSIRO is studying management practices such as crop sequence, nitrogen fertiliser application, and tillage and stubble management with the aim of helping farms remain sustainable and profitable into the future.
What is avian flu?
Find out what avian influenza is and how CSIRO is research is helping to fight it.
The amount of curing (dead grass in grassland) is an important input into fire danger rating systems. CSIRO scientists are developing improved methods of assessing grassland curing, and are investigating methods of predicting future curing levels.
The Fire Triangle
A fire requires air, heat and fuel to grow. To control the fire, at least one of them must be removed.
Download SiroFire - The Bushfire Spread Simulator
Understanding probably wildfire spread is vital to the efficient use of firefighting resources. CSIRO scientists developed SiroFire, a computer-based real-time bushfire spread simulator, to give fire control authorities a fast operational tool to predict wildfire spread.
The impact of weeds on rainforests following Cyclone Larry
Severe Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Larry hit the North Queensland coast in 2006 causing extensive destruction to rainforest habitats in the Wet Tropics. The widespread disturbance caused by the cyclone provided ideal conditions for rapid recruitment and spread of invasive weeds in Queensland’s rainforests.
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.
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.
Thrips are often little known by most people, but some species are considered major agricultural pests.
Mimosa biological control project
CSIRO scientists are researching new biological control agents to help manage and control Mimosa pigra, an introduced weed invading wetlands in tropical 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)
Redlegged earth mite: its status and control
This article from Farming Ahead discusses how high winter-rainfall areas of southern Australia are plagued by the redlegged earth mite (Halotydeus destructor) and how yields of susceptible crops can be reduced by half. (3 pages)