When biofuels and biosecurity meet
A symposium entitled: Biosecurity in the New Bioeconomy: Threats and Opportunities, will be hosted by CSIRO at the Shine Dome in Canberra from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 November.
Foot and mouth disease simulation in Melbourne
Australia’s ability to mount an effective response to a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak will be tested during the three-day International FMD Symposium and Workshop (FMD2010) beginning in Melbourne today.
217Salmon CMAR MedRelTsr
A new project led by CSIRO is exploring the genes of farmed Atlantic salmon with a view to breeding fish resistant to an amoeba that attacks their gills.
Tapping into nature’s own landscape services
This article from Farming Ahead looks at how farmers, scientists and conservationists are looking for ways to make Australian farming landscapes more sustainable by harnessing the ecosystem services provided by native vegetation. (3 pages)
Science for tomorrow
This one-page extract from Farming Ahead contains stories about CSIRO research on gut protozoa in animals, a possible ‘contraceptive’ for weeds, the impact of cattle production in the Fitzroy River catchment in Queensland and the plant fungus, Fusarium.
The Paterson’s curse crown weevil
This two-page brochure discusses how to promote the establishment and survival of the crown weevil, Mogulones larvatus, a biocontrol agent for Paterson's curse in Australia.
Modelling species responses to climate
CSIRO Entomology has developed a software package to predict the possible distribution and movement of insects, vertebrates, weeds and pathogens in response to various climatic scenarios.
Taking the fight to aphids
This article from Farming Ahead is an overview of the main aphid pest species on Australian grain and pasture plants and the best options for managing them. (3 pages)
Common paper wasps
Common paper wasp nests occur around the home hanging from eaves, pergolas or vegetation. Adult wasps will defend their nest and can sting repeatedly if threatened or when the nest is disturbed.
30 years of northern beef research celebrated
To celebrate 30 years of research, cattle producers have been invited to CSIRO’s JM Rendel Laboratory in Rockhampton, 20-21 August 2009, to learn about the latest beef research for Northern Australia and its future impact on the industry.
‘Invasive aliens’ threaten global biodiversity
While the implications of climate change for biodiversity have been widely recognised, the insidious effect of invasive alien species (IAS) on global biodiversity stays under the radar.
Natural Disasters student workshop (New South Wales)
What type of natural disasters exist and why do they happen? Students will gain a basic understanding of weather in the hands-on Natural Disasters program, run by CSIRO for New South Wales students in Years 5 - 6.