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.

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.

97TomGrace Ento MedRelTsr

Australian biotechnology pioneer, Dr Tom Grace, has been awarded the Society for In Vitro Biology's highest honour, the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the development of invertebrate in vitro biology.

96Wasp Ento MedRelTsr

With the cooler weather and frosts arriving, European wasp activity may decrease but the life of a queen is just beginning.

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.

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)

Dr Louise Thatcher, researching plant defences

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

Tipping the balance against aquatic weeds (Podcast 03 Feb 2011)

New research on the biological control of the aquatic weed salvinia in the billabongs (oxbow lakes) of Kakadu National Park has implications for restoration ecology in general. (4:38)

Securing Australia from invasive species (Podcast 13 Oct 2008)

Discover how Chinese scientist Dr YongLin Ren has been working to safely and effectively control stored grain pests in Australia. Dr Ren talks about his work in this special Mandarin edition of CSIROpod. (9:24)

Restoring Nywaigi Country and Mungalla Wetlands (Podcast 06 Aug 2009)

In this vodcast we look at how the Nywaigi people of North Queensland and CSIRO are sharing knowledge and working together to restore ecosystem health at Mungalla Station including managing the threat posed by the invasive grass Hymenachne. (6.37)

The roles of invasive species in tropical fragmented landscapes

CSIRO is researching plant community composition on the coastal floodplains of three major Wet Tropics rivers to provide an indicator of ecosystem health and the impact of habitat fragmentation.

Biodiversity status and trends

Understanding the extent and health of the nation’s biological diversity is the first step to halting its decline.

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)

Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities

From 18-21 November 2009 CSIRO Entomology held a frontier symposium in Canberra, Australia, to bring together the science behind new crop development and biosecurity research.

Farming Ahead: CSIRO and related articles from 2010

Farming Ahead magazine regularly features CSIRO's research for the agricultural sector. This is a list of CSIRO articles published in the magazine throughout 2010.

Science for tomorrow

This one-page extract from Farming Ahead contains stories about CSIRO research on gut protozoa in animals, a possible ‘contraceptive’ for weeds, the impact of cattle production in the Fitzroy River catchment in Queensland and the plant fungus, Fusarium.

Taking the fight to aphids

This article from Farming Ahead is an overview of the main aphid pest species on Australian grain and pasture plants and the best options for managing them. (3 pages)

No threat of disease outbreak from AAHL (Podcast 18 Sep 2007)

Dr Martyn Jeggo explains the biosecurity and biosafety measures at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory, the nation’s premier diagnostic laboratory for exotic, new and emerging diseases. (6:54)

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).

Common paper wasps

Common paper wasp nests occur around the home hanging from eaves, pergolas or vegetation. Adult wasps will defend their nest and can sting repeatedly if threatened or when the nest is disturbed. 

Perth: Floreat, WA (Centre for Environment and Life Sciences (CELS))

The Centre for Environment and Life Sciences draws together the capabilities of seven CSIRO research areas to provide solutions to environmental management problems and to improve the health of Australians.

Improved pest database to protect agriculture

An important tool for protecting Australia’s precious natural environment and agricultural industries has been updated and improved.

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