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.

Understanding the science of fire

CSIRO's Fire Science research program uses our expertise in material flammability, fire growth and control, and bushfire impact on infrastructure to improve fire safety.

The Australian salute: nuisance flies

This fact sheet explains how flies differ from other insects and describes characteristics of some of the more common species associated with human activity.

Bridal creeper agent release form

Download the agent release form for the leafhopper and rust fungus bridal creeper biocontrol agents. (1 page)

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)

Fire, fragmentation and conservation in the western wheat belt

Researchers with CSIRO and Western Australia’s Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) are studying the impact of fire and fragmentation on regional plant diversity.

Gauging the effectiveness of biocontrol programs

How CSIRO researchers have been examining the effectiveness of biological control programs against some plant pests as very little is known about their long-term impacts is described in this article. (3 pages)

NIPI News: June 2008

Find out about the National Invertebrate Pest Initiative in this issue of its newsletter. (2 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)

Mimosa biological control project

CSIRO scientists are researching new biological control agents to help manage and control Mimosa pigra, an introduced weed invading wetlands in tropical Australia.

Locating bushfires as they happen

Sentinel Hotspots provides reliable 'eyes' in the sky for Emergency Services, using satellite images to locate and map bushfires occurring in Australia and providing the information to anyone on the internet.

Sustainable farming

CSIRO is studying management practices such as crop sequence, nitrogen fertiliser application, and tillage and stubble management with the aim of helping farms remain sustainable and profitable into the future.

Biological control of cabomba

CSIRO Entomology has started a project to discover and test biological control agents from cabomba's home range of Argentina and adjacent countries in an effort to find a long-term sustainable solution to control this aquatic weed.

CSIRO scientists appointed to the Eminent Scientists Group of Biosecurity Australia

Two CSIRO scientists have been appointed to the Eminent Scientists Group  of Biosecurity Australia to enhance the scientific assessment and management of pest and disease risks associated with proposed agricultural imports.

Farming Ahead: CSIRO and related articles from 2009

Farming Ahead magazine regularly features CSIRO's research for the agricultural sector. This is a list of CSIRO articles published in the magazine throughout 2009.

The picnickers nightmare: European wasp

Accidentally imported from Europe, European wasps now disrupt outdoor recreational activities and threaten native insects in southern Australia.

Science for tomorrow: New developments

This article from Farming Ahead contains three stories on resistance to wheat streak mosaic virus, the Indian Ocean imprint in Australia’s south-east and fighting flystrike in sheep. (1 page)

Rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD)

This fact sheet details the use of rabbit calicivirus disease (RCD) as a biological control for rabbits in Australia. (2 pages)

Working to safeguard Australia from animal disease threats

CSIRO works with government agencies, laboratories, research institutions and industry to ensure trade access for Australia’s livestock and livestock products.

Science for tomorrow: developments

Four stories on CSIRO and Flagship research on livestock, grains and animal disease outbreaks extracted from Farming Ahead. (1 page)

Managing lippia under climate change

This article from Farming Ahead details research on the use of computer simulation models to show how climate change is likely to affect the invasive plant, lippia, in the Murray-Darling Basin and how the results are relevant to other riparian weeds. (3 pages)

Christmas beetles arrive on cue

Find out how the aptly named Christmas beetle knows just when to arrive and what impact they can have on the Australian environment.

Biological control of Scotch broom

Scotch broom is an introduced weed threatening environmental, forestry and grazing land in higher rainfall areas of South-Eastern Australia.

Bitou bush biological control

Bitou bush is an introduced weed and rated as the worst pest plant in the Australian coastal environment, restricting access to beaches and destroying native bushland. This project focused on biological control using several different insect species.

Insect's mating secrets key to protecting Aussie farms

CSIRO scientists are combining micro sensing, sterile insect technology and new insect trapping systems to protect our farms from one of Australia’s most economically damaging pest - the Queensland fruit fly.

Chemical testing helps woolgrowers meet tougher eco rules

All textile producers and processors must meet tough new standards if they want to do business in Europe. CSIRO’s internationally accredited chemical testing service is assisting the wool industry comply with Europe’s Eco-label requirements.

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