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)
The smart software fighting fire with #fire
Australia's key disaster management agencies have joined forces to tackle the problem of how to access and interpret information gathered during bushfires, and other natural disasters to help emergency services save lives and property.
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)
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)
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)
Mozzie protein alert to invading viruses
CSIRO scientists have discovered how mosquitoes develop viral immunity, potentially leading to improved vaccines, and other control measures, for mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and West Nile.
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.
Carpet beetles are widely distributed across Australia and can be found inside homes and other buildings often causing damage by feeding on a variety of animal products including carpets, clothing, soft furnishings and taxidermy specimens.
CSIRO’s bait box technique for termite control
CSIRO’s bait box technique for termite control gives property owners a practical method of controlling an existing termite infestation. It attracts termites to a point source, where they can be readily treated with a dust toxicant.
Termite Action Victoria Report
The Termite Action Victoria report argues that all presently undeclared Victorian municipalities should be immediately declared as regions subject to termite infestation, in order to protect properties, residents and structure owners in these regions. (21 pages)
Science for tomorrow: developments
This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on increasing the range of durum wheat varieties, a joint venture to improve cotton varieties, how the sex life of silverleaf whiteflies affects their invasiveness and developing biofuels. (1 page)
Science for tomorrow: New developments
This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on biocontrol for the aquatic weed, cabomba, healthy barley foods, Helicoverpa genome sequencing and better wheat varieties. (1 page)
Improving Murray-Darling Basin health
The Heartlands consortium aims to improve land use in the Murray-Darling Basin to preserve land and water resources and sustain commodity production.