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.
Warming could change SA’s weed pests
Hotter temperatures and reduced rainfall in South Australia due to climate change could prompt a period of ‘weed change’ across the state, according to a new report from CSIRO.
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.
Foot and mouth disease simulation in Melbourne
Australia’s ability to mount an effective response to a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak will be tested during the three-day International FMD Symposium and Workshop (FMD2010) beginning in Melbourne today.
CSIRO launches Mandarin Podcasts
A series of podcasts in Mandarin language were launched in Canberra today which highlight careers in science and in working with Australian science and industry to a potential audience of 1.2 billion people worldwide.
Calicivirus comes under attack
This article from Farming Ahead looks at how CSIRO researchers are unravelling the source of possible resistance to rabbit calicivirus and looking for new approaches to control rabbits. (3 pages)
Learn about CSIRO's bushfire simulator, which researchers have used to rigorously test the behaviour of firefighting vehicles and equipment, fencing, water tanks and civilian vehicles under bushfire conditions.
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.
National database of agent release sites
This spreadsheet contains information on release sites for bridal creeper biocontrol agents in Australia, including the leafhopper Zygina species, the rust fungus Puccinia myrsiphylli and the leaf beetle Crioceris species.
Ocean robots network achieves universal coverage
Scientist’s efforts to fathom how the oceans influence climate and fisheries productivity enter a new era this month with the milestone establishment of a network of 3,000 futuristic, 1.5-metre tall ocean robots operating simultaneously throughout the world’s oceans.
Dr Greg Constable: leading cotton research
Dr Greg Constable is a leader in cotton research, investigating plant breeding, genetically modified cotton varieties, higher yield management packages, improved sustainability and reducing insecticide use.
Environmentally friendly microbes go mining (Podcast 06 Mar 2009)
An extremophile is any microbe that has adapted to living conditions of extreme temperature, pressure or chemical concentration. This adaption allows certain types of extremophile bacteria to be used in the extraction of metal from ore through the process of bioleaching. (4:25)
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.