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.

Re-writing ‘the book’ on a devastating poultry disease

A world-first discovery made by a Monash University PhD student working at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, has poultry scientists worldwide taking a fresh look at the devastating bacterial disease, necrotic enteritis.

CSIRO to take the guess work out of breeding sheep (Podcast 28 Jan 2009)

Domestic sheep common to farms around Australia have come along way from their wild relatives and ancestors. Over many years of domestication, sheep have been bred for their commercially important traits by selectively breeding through trial and error, something that is about to change thanks to a new genomic tool. (3:29)

Burning down the house (a trial by fire) (Podcast 03 May 2010)

CSIRO scientists have 'flame-tested' a steel-framed house near Mogo on the New South Wales south coast to see how the structure would stand up to realistic bushfire conditions. (4:49)

Fighting fungus

In this video find out how CSIRO's Rust Resistance Team has discovered genes that determine whether a plant can develop immunity to the harmful rust fungus. (2:30)

The costs and benefits of buffel grass and its management

CSIRO scientists are working with agencies, regional groups and individuals to document the environmental, social and economic benefits and costs of buffel grass.

Rooting out Pythium and its allies

This three-page article from Farming Ahead details CSIRO research on the fungal disease Pythium, with the aim of providing the foundations for the development of new methods to help control and ultimately prevent the disease.

Monitoring termites and wood borers in the home

Termites and wood borer infestations can be difficult to manage. CSIRO has compiled this information to assist Australians in detecting and treating these pests.

Scientists seeking growers’ knowledge on fruit orchard pests

Far North Queensland fruit growers have been asked to share their knowledge and experience of orchard pests to help scientists assess and design sustainable crop protection measures.

Mozzie protein alert to invading viruses

CSIRO scientists have discovered how mosquitoes develop viral immunity, potentially leading to improved vaccines, and other control measures, for mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and West Nile.

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.

Armidale, NSW (FD McMaster Laboratory)

Research at FD McMaster Laboratory develops tools for breeders of sheep and cattle to optimise profitability, livestock welfare and on-farm decision support systems, resulting in more efficient animals and better management practices. CSIRO’s FD McMaster Laboratory conducts research to optimise profitability, livestock welfare and on-farm decision support systems.

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.

Future fire – still a wide open climate question

How the frequency and intensity of wildfires and intentional biomass burning will change in a future climate requires closer scientific attention, according to CSIRO’s Dr Melita Keywood.

Pollution

Our scientists are developing solutions to our mounting air, land and water pollution problems. Our scientists are working with industry, regulators and the community in the search for solutions to our mounting air, land and water pollution problems.

An introduction to physical-statistical modelling using Bayesian methods

This 18-page technical report by CSIRO’s Dr Edward Campbell discusses integrating physical and statistical models using Bayesian methods. This approach helps environmental scientists deal with uncertainty in forecasting.

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)  

Great Barrier Reef catchment: safeguarding the Reef

The Water for a Healthy Country Flagship has been working in the Great Barrier Reef catchment to improve water quality, wetland integrity and fisheries while enhancing agricultural productivity.

Ants Down Under website

Ants Down Under provides an overview of all ants found in Australia, and includes information about their biology, identification, distribution, and links to published literature.

McArthur Mk 5 Forest Fire Danger Meter

The CSIRO Fire Danger and Fire Spread Calculator is assisting rural fire authorities across Australia. Download the 855 KB zip file to use the CSIRO McArthur MK 5 Forest Fire Danger Meter as a computer program.

Herbicides limit nitrogen-fixing ability

This two-page article from Farming Ahead looks at the effect of increased herbicide use on soil nitrogen fixation in grain legumes such as field peas.

Science for tomorrow: New developments

This article from Farming Ahead contains three stories on the fate of nitrogen in the dairy environment, new biotechnology laboratories and a Foot and Mouth Symposium and Workshop. (1 page)

Invasive pests threaten Australia’s biodiversity

New research is targeting the pest species that cause environmental degradation in Australia, including weeds, mammals and invertebrates. New research is targeting the pest species that cause environmental degradation in Australia, including weeds, mammals and invertebrates.

CSIRO scientist wins an Australian Government Science and Innovation Award

CSIRO Entomology scientist Dr Sharon Downes plans to test whether female cotton bollworms choose who will father their offspring.

Predicting catchment water levels after bushfires

CSIRO uses remote sensing technology to accurately predict the long-term impact of bushfires on water yield from major catchments.

Scorched gum leaves: fuel for fire?

In a bushfire, sometimes the leaves of eucalypt trees don’t appear to burn thoroughly. Instead they change from green to brown and are left hanging on the trees. Could these leaves be fuel for another fire?

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