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 Peter Brown: natural resource management ecologist
With a strong background in ecology of vertebrate pests in agricultural systems, Dr Peter Brown is working to strengthen natural resource management decisions in Australia and south-east Asia through participatory engagement with rural communities and through integration of biophysical research with social and economic research.
CSIRO conducts farming research throughout Australia, working with producers and farming groups to trial and evaluate new ideas and techniques.
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).
‘Invasive aliens’ threaten global biodiversity
While the implications of climate change for biodiversity have been widely recognised, the insidious effect of invasive alien species (IAS) on global biodiversity stays under the radar.
Bushfires cloud air pollution problem
Scientists believe more bushfires generated by rising temperatures and lower rainfall will lead to lower air quality over a greater number of days in Australia, particularly in the south-east.
CSIRO bushfire research is improving the understanding of fire, and improving technologies and strategies to save lives and limit damage.
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.
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)