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.
Ocean robots network achieves universal coverage
Scientist’s efforts to fathom how the oceans influence climate and fisheries productivity enter a new era this month with the milestone establishment of a network of 3,000 futuristic, 1.5-metre tall ocean robots operating simultaneously throughout the world’s oceans.
Controlling bridal creeper
In this video see how scientists have found a rust fungus capable of causing severe damage to and eventually killing bridal creeper, one of Australia’s worst environmental weeds. (2:30)
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)
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Community groups and land managers in South Australian and WA are being urged to renew their efforts to control one of southern Australia's worst environmental weeds, bridal creeper (Asparagus asparagoides).
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)
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.