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.

Avoiding the Deadman Zone information sheet

Download the latest research material on bushfire behaviour - with the latest measures to protect firefighters in a wind change. Download the latest research material on bushfire behaviour - with the latest measures to protect firefighters caught by a wind change.

Field Guide: Fuel Assessment and Fire Behaviour Prediction in Dry Eucalypt Forest

Based on the results of a decade of research, Field Guide: Fuel Assessment and Fire Behaviour Prediction in Dry Eucalypt Forest provides fire authorities with a systematic method for assessing fuel hazard and predicting potential fire behaviour in dry eucalypt forest.

Mesquite biocontrol with the stem girdler, Oncideres rhodisticta

The stem girdler, Oncideres rhodisticta was investigated as a potential biocontrol agent for mesquite, but was not released in Australia as it proved difficult to culture in the lab and preliminary data suggested it might not be sufficiently host-specific.

Raising the standard for livestock feeding

The latest ‘Australian Feeding Standards’ for livestock have just been released in a new CSIRO book, Nutrient Requirements of Domesticated Ruminants.

AAHL set to meet growing biosecurity challenge

Australia’s ability to protect itself from incursions of diseases such as avian flu, rabies and SARS has been strengthened with a funding boost of $A16.8 million over four years to the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), which is managed by CSIRO.

Scientific papers (2006): crop and farm management

This page lists all CSIRO Plant Industry's scientific papers published in 2006 related to crop and farm management.

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.

Mustard – hot stuff for natural pest control

Modern science will put a centuries-old farming practice under the microscope at the Third International Biofumigation Symposium in Canberra from 21 – 25 July 2008.

Housing options in bushfire-prone areas

A house that is fairly conventional in design but is able to resist flames may provide an affordable alternative in bushfire prone areas.

Future fire – still a wide open climate question

How the frequency and intensity of wildfires and intentional biomass burning will change in a future climate requires closer scientific attention, according to CSIRO’s Dr Melita Keywood.

CSIRO joins global fight against pandemic threats

Australian scientists are part of an international consortium creating ‘battle maps’ that visualise how bird flu and other viruses constantly mutate to camouflage their antigens, or ‘invading soldiers’, to avoid being neutralised by the immune system’s ‘artillery’.

Dr Danny Llewellyn: leading cotton biotechnology

Dr Danny Llewellyn specialises in cotton biotechnology research. He has played an important role in developing the insect and herbicide tolerant, genetically modified cotton varieties which currently dominate the cotton industry.

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. 

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.

Improving wheat yields for global food security

With the world’s population set to reach 8.9 billion by 2050, CSIRO scientists are hunting down and exploiting a number of wheat’s key genetic traits in a bid to substantially boost its grain yield.

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)

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.

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