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)
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Australia's tropical savannas cover two million square kilometres and are largely uncleared. They account for about a third of Australia's land-based carbon stores and have the potential to store even more.
Refuges harbour pests and beneficial insects
That refuge crops, planted near Bt cotton to prevent resistance developing, also support significant populations of secondary pests and beneficial species is argued in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)
Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture
CSIRO and James Cook University have a strategic alliance known as the Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture (TLJV) to facilitate collaborative research between these two world-class organisations.
Invasive alien species threaten global biodiversity
CSIRO is putting considerable resources into research on invasive alien species and their effect on Australia's biodiversity, targeting invasive species already in Australia as well as trying to anticipate and avert the next generation of invasive alien species.
New vaccines offer disease protection potential article
CSIRO is using new technology to develop vaccines that prevent disease in our livestock. This three-page article outlines some of the issues surrounding vaccination and research into finding alternatives to antibiotics.
Protecting crops against Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus
Plants with total immunity to the devastating Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus could be a step closer thanks to breeding of resistant species and the creation of a synthetic gene primed to recognise the virus and destroy it. (2 pages)
Dead or alive – bridal creeper is bad for environment
Bridal creeper, a native of southern Africa, is an attractive plant once much loved by gardeners. Now it is one of southern Australia’s worst environmental weeds. It smothers native vegetation and its huge tuber mats prevent germination of native plants.
Foot & Mouth Disease experts to meet in Melbourne
The latest developments in Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) research, diagnostics, surveillance and control measures will be discussed at the inaugural international FMD Symposium and Workshop to be held in Melbourne from 12-14 April 2010.
Biological control of Scotch broom
Scotch broom is an introduced weed threatening environmental, forestry and grazing land in higher rainfall areas of South-Eastern Australia.