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.

Doing business with CSIRO Plant Industry

Through tailored business arrangements and research alliances, CSIRO Plant Industry can deliver flexible and innovative research solutions for a range of industry needs.

Kakadu still battling South American invader

Biological control of the aquatic weed salvinia in the billabongs of Kakadu National Park has been “fitful and incomplete”.

War on willows

Willows are major environmental weeds of riverbank habitats across much of south-eastern Australia. They obstruct water flow, increase water temperature, change water chemistry and can displace native riverine plant species.

Fire danger

Learn about the methods used to calculate fire danger warnings, published daily during the fire season to help authorities distribute firefighting resources and to assist the community in protecting lives and property.

Brisbane: St Lucia, Qld (Queensland Bioscience Precinct)

Research partnerships such as those at the Queensland Bioscience Precinct will provide solutions to the major problems facing the nation and the world.

Dr Louise Thatcher, researching plant defences

Dr Louise Thatcher is investigating the genetic and biochemical mechanisms of defence against diseases such as Fusarium.

159BOC Ento MedRelTsr

CSIRO and the global industrial gas company the BOC Group have signed a deal to deliver to the international market a new environmentally-safe fumigant for treating soil, insect pests, weeds and diseases.

Dr Chris Hardy: researching ecogenomics

Dr Chris Hardy is applying advanced molecular techniques to better understand biological complexity at environmentally meaningful scales.

Dr Junji Miyazaki: revealing host plant resistance to cotton pests

Dr Junji Miyazaki's research focus is on the defence mechanisms against cotton pests.

Dr Jonathan Anderson: investigating plant defences

Dr Jonathan Anderson is investigating the interactions of plants with fungal diseases and insect pests.

Farm management

CSIRO conducts farming research throughout Australia, working with producers and farming groups to trial and evaluate new ideas and techniques.

Dr Helen Murphy: understanding tropical forest dynamics and threats

Dr Helen Murphy is interested in the dynamics of tropical forests and the role of invasive species and climate change in their structure and functioning.

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.

Trial by fire: testing a 'bushfire-proof' house design

Weather permitting, CSIRO scientists will 'flame-test' a steel-framed house near Mogo on the NSW south coast at 2pm today to see how the structure withstands realistic bushfire conditions.

Warming could change SA’s weed pests

Hotter temperatures and reduced rainfall in South Australia due to climate change could prompt a period of ‘weed change’ across the state, according to a new report from CSIRO.

Bat immunity key to controlling deadly viruses

CSIRO research into how bats can host some of the world’s deadliest viruses without suffering any ill-effects themselves will lead to improved strategies for controlling the spread of bat-borne diseases.

Dr Paul De Barro: Theme Leader for Reducing Likelihood - biosecurity preparedness and prevention

As well as research on silverleaf whitefly and the viruses it transmits, Dr Paul De Barro is heavily involved in Australian biosecurity planning and invasive species.

Darwin: Berrimah, NT (Darwin laboratory)

The CSIRO Darwin laboratory provides a focus for ecological and socioeconomic research underpinning sustainable land management in northern Australia. It is also home to a CSIRO Science Education Centre.

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.

Bushfire impact on water yields

While forest fires can often result in an initial increase in water runoff from catchments, it’s the forests and bush growing back that could cause future problems for water supplies by reducing stream flows.

Dr Greg Constable: leading cotton research

Dr Greg Constable is a leader in cotton research, investigating plant breeding, genetically modified cotton varieties, higher yield management packages, improved sustainability and reducing insecticide use.

CSIRO scientists discover a new bat virus in humans

CSIRO scientists have played a key role in discovering that bats are the likely host of a new virus that can cause a serious but apparently non-fatal respiratory tract illness in humans.

Farmer-researcher cooperation a key to better farming: Grains Week 2006

Greater cooperation between researchers and grower groups will improve Australian farming practices and enrich rural communities, according to a researcher working for CSIRO and the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC).

Environmentally friendly microbes go mining (Podcast 06 Mar 2009)

An extremophile is any microbe that has adapted to living conditions of extreme temperature, pressure or chemical concentration. This adaption allows certain types of extremophile bacteria to be used in the extraction of metal from ore through the process of bioleaching. (4:25)

Scientists eradicate deadly cattle disease (Podcast 13 Jul 2011)

Elimination of the deadly cattle plague virus rinderpest makes it the first animal disease in history to have been wiped out by humans. (10:43)

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