Parkinsonia: an introduced woody weed
Scientists at CSIRO are researching long-term management strategies for Parkinsonia aculeata which can also be used as a model for understanding other woody weeds in the Australian landscape.
Learn about CSIRO's bushfire simulator, which researchers have used to rigorously test the behaviour of firefighting vehicles and equipment, fencing, water tanks and civilian vehicles under bushfire conditions.
Science for tomorrow
This one-page extract from Farming Ahead describes research across CSIRO for rural industries.
Beware the enemy within
Evidence supporting Australia’s internal quarantine restrictions designed to stop the spread of insect pests, has been published in the respected scientific journal, Nature Communications.
Global Carbon Project figures
A factsheet detailing the 2007 data for the Global Carbon Project, a joint international project on the global carbon cycle.
Bushfires cloud air pollution problem
Scientists believe more bushfires generated by rising temperatures and lower rainfall will lead to lower air quality over a greater number of days in Australia, particularly in the south-east.
Indian Ocean temperature link to bushfires
The weather conditions that lead to Victoria’s past two major bushfires may be linked to lower than normal sea-surface temperatures in the eastern Indian Ocean, according to researchers from CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship.
Unlocking the ways insects survive without air
CSIRO research shows that grain insects capable of surviving incredibly low levels of oxygen for up to 20 days, reduce their metabolic need for oxygen and compensate by breathing significantly more regularly.
New model for ocean research
The Wealth from Oceans Flagship has been established to provide Australia with the capacity to realise the potential economic and environmental benefits to be gained from its oceans, the Flagship’s Director, Craig Roy, said in Cairns today.
Unlocking genome of world’s worst insect pest
Scientists from CSIRO and the University of Melbourne in Australia, and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, are on the brink of a discovery which will facilitate the development of new, safe, more sustainable ways of controlling the world’s worst agricultural insect pest – the moth, Helicoverpa armigera.
Chemical testing helps woolgrowers meet tougher eco rules
All textile producers and processors must meet tough new standards if they want to do business in Europe. CSIRO’s internationally accredited chemical testing service is assisting the wool industry comply with Europe’s Eco-label requirements.
Dr Andersen: Darwin Site Leader
Dr Andersen leads CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences Tropical Savannas research in Darwin, and has specialist expertise in ant biodiversity and fire ecology. Dr Andersen: Darwin Site Leader
Family planning for wild radish
New research into the increasingly herbicide-tolerant wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) has revealed increased potential for two ‘contraceptive’ approaches to controlling the noxious weed.
AAHL workers reunite for 25th anniversary
More than 160 former workers will visit CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong this morning to celebrate their part in constructing the facility at the AAHL Construction 25 Years On Reunion.
Sleeper weeds are introduced plants that have established small populations and have the potential to spread widely. The cost of environmental damage and control could be prevented if these plants are identified and eradicated before they become major weeds.