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.

Mr Jim Gould: understanding bushfire behaviour, management and suppression

Mr Jim Gould and his team investigate fuel and fire dynamics of bushfires to understand their behaviour better. They develop innovative science and technology to protect life and property, and manage fire in the landscape.

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.

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.

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.

The cost effectiveness of airtankers in the south-east region of South Australia and the south-west region of Victoria

The cost effectiveness of airtankers in the south-east region of South Australia and the south-west region of Victoria presents the results of an analysis of the economics of a range of aerial suppression techniques.

Dr Sameer Sharma: investigating strategies for development of effective and safe vaccines and immuno-contraceptives

Dr Sameer Sharma is currently working on development of effective and safe vaccines and immuno-contraceptives using protein and peptide based antigens; novel receptor-specific immunostimulants; and novel vaccine delivery systems.

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.

Dr Chris Hardy: researching ecogenomics

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

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).

OzConverter

OzConverter is a specialist tool developed by Dr Tom Harwood, to assist in preparing climate change scenario files from OzClim.

Revegetation by design: the Queensland bush working for you

This fact sheet describes how CSIRO is partnering with the Queensland Government Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Australia, to investigate native vegetation as part of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for the vegetable industry. (2 pages)

School students win major international awards

Two Australian school students who competed successfully in this year’s BHP Billiton Science Awards have gone on to win prizes in two major international science competitions.

Dr Michael Ayliffe: improving rust resistance

Dr Michael Ayliffe aims to improve rust resistance in cereals by using transgenic (gene technology) approaches.

The Burning Country: managing land and biodiversity on Cape York Peninsula’s tropical savannas

This collaboration between traditional owners, government, non-government organisations, researchers and community groups is examining the complex interactions between fire and biodiversity in tropical savannas of Cape York Peninsula.

Dr Dean Paini: modelling potential pest invasions

Dr Dean Paini is modelling plant pests and diseases to determine their potential risk of invasion in Australia.

Thrips (Thysanoptera)

Thrips are often little known by most people, but some species are considered major agricultural pests.

Dr John Oakeshott: Ecosystem Sciences Chief Scientist

Dr John Oakeshott is working to create an understanding of the potential benefits of biotechnology for Australian rural and manufacturing sectors.

Prestigious award for leading entomologist

An Honorary Fellow with CSIRO Entomology, Mr Alan Dyce, has been awarded the Australian Medal of Agricultural Science by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

ECOS Issue 140: Time for a sea change in coastal development

Ecos 140 looks at the future of a remote and pristine stretch of the South Australian coastline that has become the focus of intense debate between local environment groups, developers and government. The case reflects the intensifying pressure on Australia’s coastal habitats as developments follow the quest for sea-side properties.

Bushfire impact on water yields

While forest fires can often result in an initial increase in water runoff from catchments, it’s the forests and bush growing back that could cause future problems for water supplies by reducing stream flows.

Aussie ravens ruled out as West Nile virus indicators

Scientists at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria have found that birds are unlikely to be used as part of an ‘early warning’ system designed to alert health authorities to the presence of the deadly West Nile virus in Australia.

Climate Adaptation Flagship

Enabling Australia to adapt more effectively to the impacts of climate change and variability and informing national planning, regulation and investment decisions.

Australian technology used during Australian equine flu outbreak (Podcast 27 Aug 2007)

Dr Hans Heine from CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory describes how scientists are diagnosing cases of equine flu using tests developed by CSIRO and the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. (3:51)  

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