CSIRO cane toad research
CSIRO scientists have explored the use of gene technology to reduce the number of Australian cane toads.
The virus that stunned Australia's rabbits
Read how CSIRO stopped rabbits in their tracks in the 1950s.
In the 1950s, millions of rabbits were decimating Australian agriculture and destroying the environment. CSIRO scientists responded by releasing a virus that had a dramatic effect.
What a tangled food web
Scientists are studying interactions between insect communities in crop and non-crop vegetation to help get the most out of natural pest control. (2 pages)
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.
CSIRO Entomology: a sense of history
On 30 June 2010, Dr Jim Cullen presented an overview of the history of CSIRO's Division of Entomology from 1928 to 2010. Watch his presentation in the video below (73:12) or download the PowerPoint slides. (177 pages)
Science to inspire Central QLD students
Central Queensland secondary school students will gain valuable insights into the crucial role agricultural science plays in the region when they visit CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Rendel Laboratory in Rockhampton this Thursday and Friday (8 & 9 May, 2008).
CSIRO Grassland Fire Spread Meter
The CSIRO Grassland Fire Spread Meter is used by rural fire authorities to predict a fire’s potential rate of forward spread across continuous grassland in gently undulating terrain.
Going viral: CSIRO vs Contagion (Podcast 28 Oct 2011)
A reference to research undertaken by CSIRO's 'bat pack' team in Hollywood's latest disaster flick Contagion highlights the role CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) would play in a real-world version of the pandemic. (11:12)
The Hidden crisis in the Murray-Darling Basin (Podcast 19 Jun 2008)
The drought in the Murray-Darling Basin continues, but lack of rainfall is not the only woe to afflict one of the country’s most productive agricultural regions. In this podcast, CSIRO’s Dr Ian Smith, Co-Ordinator of the South East Australia Climate Initiative, explains that global warming has a less obvious, but very real, threat. (6.06)
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.
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)
Ecology Research Program
CSIRO is improving the understanding and management of Australia’s landscapes, ecosystems and biodiversity through this targeted Ecology Program.
Fungus foils plague locust attacks
This two-page article from Farming Ahead details how CSIRO has developed a new locust control measure from a strain of the naturally occurring fungus Metarhizium.
National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI)
The National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI) brings together Australian scientists from State Departments, Universities, growers and CSIRO to improve pest management in Australian grain crops.
Carpet beetles are widely distributed across Australia and can be found inside homes and other buildings often causing damage by feeding on a variety of animal products including carpets, clothing, soft furnishings and taxidermy specimens.
CSIRO’s bait box technique for termite control
CSIRO’s bait box technique for termite control gives property owners a practical method of controlling an existing termite infestation. It attracts termites to a point source, where they can be readily treated with a dust toxicant.