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.

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.

Safe and Productive Bushfire Fighting with Hand Tools

Safe and Productive Bushfire Fighting with Hand Tools describes the main findings and recommendations of a major biomedical study examining the effects of wildfire fighting on firefighters’ physiology and behaviour

Dr Louise Thatcher, researching plant defences

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

Dr Lingling Gao: studying aphid resistance

Dr Lingling Gao uses the model plant system, Medicago truncatula, to analyse how plants respond to insects and to help identify ways to improve insect resistance in plants.

Dr Jeff Ellis: unravelling plant diseases

Dr Jeff Ellis is applying molecular biology to improve disease and pest resistance in crops and researching the use of gene transfer technology to unravel fundamental aspects of plant biology.

Dr Jeremy Burdon: investigating plant-pathogen coevolution

Dr Jeremy Burdon is an evolutionary biologist with particular interest in plant-microbe interactions.

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 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 Chris Hardy: researching ecogenomics

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

Prof Karam Singh: investigating plant stress

Prof Karam Singh uses model plant systems to analyse how plants respond to stress to help identify ways to improve stress tolerance in plants.

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.

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.

Dr John Lowenthal: Theme Leader, A One Health approach to Emerging Infectious Diseases

Dr Lowenthal is an immunologist who has focused his research in the area of veterinary health and immunology, particularly in poultry.

CSIRO launches Mandarin Podcasts

A series of podcasts in Mandarin language were launched in Canberra today which highlight careers in science and in working with Australian science and industry to a potential audience of 1.2 billion people worldwide.

Bushfire publications: papers (pre-2000)

CSIRO provides reprints of many of its bushfire research papers at no charge.

Dr Kemal Kazan: analysing plant defence responses

Dr Kemal Kazan researches model and crop plants to analyse signalling processes regulating plant defence responses.

Calicivirus comes under attack

This article from Farming Ahead looks at how CSIRO researchers are unravelling the source of possible resistance to rabbit calicivirus and looking for new approaches to control rabbits. (3 pages)

Bushfire simulator

Learn about CSIRO's bushfire simulator, which researchers have used to rigorously test the behaviour of firefighting vehicles and equipment, fencing, water tanks and civilian vehicles under bushfire conditions.

Evolution of flying bat clue to cancer and viruses

The genes of long-living and virus resistant bats may provide clues to the future treatment and prevention of infectious diseases and cancer in people, researchers have found.

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).

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