Removing the smell of industry
CSIRO’s new catalytic technology can remove foul industrial odours and waterborne pollutants more effectively and more economically than in the past.
Revegetation increases fox activity but not dramatically
This article from Farming Ahead describes research on the impact of native revegetation plantings on fox activity that was done because of landholder concerns that revegetation sites might benefit foxes and increase predation on lambs. (3 pages)
When biofuels and biosecurity meet
A symposium entitled: Biosecurity in the New Bioeconomy: Threats and Opportunities, will be hosted by CSIRO at the Shine Dome in Canberra from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 November.
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.
Plant diseases and pests
CSIRO has extensive capabilities in researching, understanding and tackling various insect pests of plants, plant diseases and weeds.
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 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.
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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.
CSIRO conducts farming research throughout Australia, working with producers and farming groups to trial and evaluate new ideas and techniques.
Beware the enemy within
Evidence supporting Australia’s internal quarantine restrictions designed to stop the spread of insect pests, has been published in the respected scientific journal, Nature Communications.