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.
Paterson’s curse is an introduced plant and considered both a valuable pasture species and a toxic weed, out competing other plants and poisoning livestock. Several biological control agents have been released in Australia since the late 1980s to help control this weed.
Biological control of alligator weed
Scientists at CSIRO are researching several new biological control agents for the control of alligator weed in cooler climates and terrestrial habitats of Australia.
SiroFire – helping fire authorities predict wildfire spread
Understanding probably wildfire spread is vital to the efficient use of firefighting resources. CSIRO scientists developed SiroFire, a computer-based real-time bushfire spread simulator, to give fire control authorities a fast operational tool to predict wildfire spread.
Termites get the vibe on what tastes good
Researchers from CSIRO and UNSW@ADFA [external link] have shown that termites can tell what sort of material their food is made of, without having to actually touch it. The findings may lead to improvements in the control of feeding termites.
Animal health laboratory internationally recognised
Australian scientists will be better prepared to tackle exotic animal diseases, such as avian influenza (AI), following international recognition of CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong as a ‘OIE Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building for Veterinary Laboratories’.
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Sea-level rise and changes to cyclone intensity under enhanced greenhouse conditions would pose a considerable increase in risk to coastal property and infrastructure, according to a recent CSIRO study.
Reward for fight against ant invaders
African Big Headed, Yellow Crazy, Tropical Fire and Singapore ants are only small foot soldiers, but vast colonies of these invasive insects are wreaking havoc throughout northern Australia - causing major environmental, economical and social damage.
Emergency detection and response
CSIRO technologies are helping Australians prepare for, detect, respond to and recover from natural disasters and emergency situations.
CSIRO keeps our grain the market leader
For an expectant return of A$20 for every dollar invested in CSIRO’s Stored Grain Research Laboratory, it has to be one of the best R&D success stories around.
The Stored Grain Research Laboratory has kept Australian grain in the forefront of the world export market.
Modelling natural systems
CSIRO Entomology have developed Dymex, a population modelling program providing researchers with a means of building complex population models for biological organisms.
Aerial fire suppression
CSIRO scientists, as part of the Australian Bushfire CRC, are investigating the effectiveness of aerial suppression of bushfires. The project will provide information needed to shape national aerial firefighting strategies.