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.

New solutions to water management issues

We focus on finding new, integrated ways to manage our water supply and water resources issues. This includes land use change, salinity, climate change, groundwater extraction and drainage schemes. 

CSIRO Pyrotron ignites bushfire research

CSIRO has built a bushfire wind tunnel to research how bushfires spread and improve the safety and fire-fighting capabilities of Australian communities.

DNA test to revolutionise sheep worm control

CSIRO scientists have moved a step closer to developing a novel DNA test which has the potential to revolutionise management of one of the biggest threats to sheep health in Australia, the barber’s pole worm.

Sea trials for Atlantic salmon gill disease vaccine

A vaccine developed to boost the profitability of Tasmania’s A$230 million Atlantic salmon industry will be tested at a marine farm south of Hobart during spring and summer.

The secret world of Australia's native rats and mice (Podcast 14 Apr 2008)

Why do some mice build huge mounds of pebbles in the desert? And how did stick nest mice become instant barbecues? In this podcast, CSIRO researcher Dr Fred Ford opens up the wonderful world of Australia’s native mice and rats. (4.43)

Revealing the global threat of bird flu

A unique and revealing insight into the global threat posed by the current epidemic of H5N1 avian influenza was provided to more than 150 guests at the 2007 Snowdon Lecture held last night at CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong. 

Fire front characteristics

Learn about some common characteristics used by researchers to describe bushfires, and why they are important.

Project Vesta – Fire in Dry Eucalypt Forest: fuel structure, fuel dynamics and fire behaviour

Project Vesta - Fire in Dry Eucalypt Forest: fuel structure, dynamics and fire behaviour presents the aims, findings and outcomes of Australia’s most recent and significant study of forest fire behaviour.

Fire-generated wind

Bushfires are often associated with high winds - but does a bushfire generate its own wind?

Protecting your home from bushfire (Podcast 27 Sep 2006)

In this interview, Mr Justin Leonard discusses ways you can prepare your home against bushfires. (7:44)

What happens to landscapes after a tropical cyclone? (Podcast 28 Sep 2007)

Professor Steve Turton talks about the impacts of Cyclone Larry. (5:45)

Mr Mic Julien: defending Australia against weed invasion

Mr Mic Julien is researching the control of invasive plant species in Austalia through field surveys for potential biological control agents, and taxonomy and biology studies of insects and pathogens.

CSIRO targets crop killer: Fusarium (Podcast 25 Mar 2010)

With a study just published in the prominent scientific journal nature, researchers have moved a step closer to beating Fusarium, a devastating fungus affecting many crops worldwide, including wheat and barley. (5:31)

Biological control of weeds

This brochure outlines the process of controlling weeds with naturally occurring insects and plant pathogens. (2 pages)

Biosecurity and invasive species

To help protect Australia's ecosystems, CSIRO is undertaking invasive species research at pre-border, border and post-border level.

Dr Andrew Higgins: operations research and supply chain analysis

Dr Higgins is a Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Dutton Park, Queensland, Australia.

Tipping the balance against aquatic weeds (Podcast 03 Feb 2011)

New research on the biological control of the aquatic weed salvinia in the billabongs (oxbow lakes) of Kakadu National Park has implications for restoration ecology in general. (4:38)

Restoring Nywaigi Country and Mungalla Wetlands (Podcast 06 Aug 2009)

In this vodcast we look at how the Nywaigi people of North Queensland and CSIRO are sharing knowledge and working together to restore ecosystem health at Mungalla Station including managing the threat posed by the invasive grass Hymenachne. (6.37)

Melbourne: Highett, Vic (Highett laboratories)

CSIRO’s Highett laboratories in Melbourne’s south-east is home to advanced processing, materials and infrastructure research, sustainable ecosystems, and CSIRO's Victorian Science Education Centre.

The CSIRO Fire Danger and Fire Spread Calculator

The CSIRO Fire Danger and Fire Spread Calculator is a computer program available as a 882 Kb zip file that can be downloaded for use in assisting rural fire authorities across Australia.

81Fire CSE MedRelTsr

A new fire research and education facility, the first of its kind in Australia, will be launched in the Northern Territory today.

The cost effectiveness of airtankers in the south-east region of South Australia and the south-west region of Victoria

The cost effectiveness of airtankers in the south-east region of South Australia and the south-west region of Victoria presents the results of an analysis of the economics of a range of aerial suppression techniques.

Dr Sameer Sharma: investigating strategies for development of effective and safe vaccines and immuno-contraceptives

Dr Sameer Sharma is currently working on development of effective and safe vaccines and immuno-contraceptives using protein and peptide based antigens; novel receptor-specific immunostimulants; and novel vaccine delivery systems.

Farming Ahead: CSIRO and related articles from 2010

Farming Ahead magazine regularly features CSIRO's research for the agricultural sector. This is a list of CSIRO articles published in the magazine throughout 2010.

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.

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