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.

Playing the market for natural resource management

CSIRO economists are inviting people in Canberra, Sydney and southern NSW to join the Australian Knowledge Exchange (AKX) – an online prediction market which aims to forecast water availability.

Combating the sheep blowfly

Funded by late sheep grazier Les Bett, CSIRO is continuing its research to eliminate blowfly strike – a devastating disease that affects sheep.

Pest management in new cropping systems

This document includes presentations from session four of the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities symposia held 18-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australia Capital Territory. (183 pages)

Parkinsonia: an introduced woody weed

Scientists at CSIRO are researching long-term management strategies for Parkinsonia aculeata which can also be used as a model for understanding other woody weeds in the Australian landscape.

Industry's battle against grain bugs reliant on phosphine

The Australian grain industry continues to rely heavily on the use of phosphine for effective insect control.

Scientists seeking growers’ knowledge on orchard pests

Far North Queensland (FNQ) fruit growers are being asked to share their knowledge and experience of orchard pests to help scientists assess and design sustainable crop protection measures.

Breeding rust-resistant wheat with DNA technology

CSIRO scientists are breeding new varieties of disease-resistant wheat in an effort to improve crop yields and avert a potential food supply crisis.

Biological control of water lettuce, Pistia stratiotes

Water lettuce is one of a suite of aquatic weeds that have been controlled in Australia using biological control agents.

Scotch broom biocontrol agent: twig-mining moth

The twig-mining moth, Leucoptera spartifoliella is one of two successful biological control agents released in Australia to help control Scotch broom.

CSIRO Entomology: a sense of history

On 30 June 2010, Dr Jim Cullen presented an overview of the history of CSIRO's Division of Entomology from 1928 to 2010. Watch his presentation in the video below (73:12) or download the PowerPoint slides. (177 pages)

Developing sustainability strategies for regional communities in Victoria

The Sustainable Communities Initiative has completed a new project in partnership with Regional Development Victoria working with five regional Victorian communities on local sustainability challenges. (2 pages)

Atherton, Qld (Atherton laboratory)

CSIRO’s Atherton Laboratory is located in the heart of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in far north Queensland.

ECOS Issue 140: Time for a sea change in coastal development

Ecos 140 looks at the future of a remote and pristine stretch of the South Australian coastline that has become the focus of intense debate between local environment groups, developers and government. The case reflects the intensifying pressure on Australia’s coastal habitats as developments follow the quest for sea-side properties.

Understanding bushfires to protect lives and property

CSIRO's Bushfire Dynamics and Applications group develops tools and models to better understand bushfire behaviour and to protect lives and property.

Improving fire safety, control and prevention

CSIRO has a range of fire research, testing and consulting services that form our integrated fire safety capability used in safety design, developing fire-safe materials and improving public safety. CSIRO has a broad range of fire research, testing and consulting services that forms our integrated fire safety facility.

CSIRO Pyrotron ignites bushfire research

CSIRO has built a bushfire wind tunnel to research how bushfires spread and improve the safety and fire-fighting capabilities of Australian communities.

Fire speed – faster than a speeding bullet?

Bushfires are often reported as moving at phenomenal speeds that would outrun a speeding car – but can they really go that fast?

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.

Livestock industries’ future – value or volume?

Australasia’s major annual livestock industries’ science conference – Horizons in Livestock Sciences – will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from 28-30 October.

Fuel moisture content and bushfire behaviour

The moisture content of fuel determines the ease with which it will burn, affecting the behaviour and spread of bushfires.

Putting tyres on the recycling road

CSIRO is working with Australian company VR TEK Operations to design and develop a new, improved method of recycling waste rubber which could be used to make new tyres, industrial insulation, road pavement, flooring or geotextiles for retaining walls and embankments.

Genomics and Genetics

CSIRO Entomology's gene research contributes to an understanding of the impact of insects on our environment and agriculture.

Bushfires cloud air pollution problem

Scientists believe more bushfires generated by rising temperatures and lower rainfall will lead to lower air quality over a greater number of days in Australia, particularly in the south-east.

Trial by fire: testing a 'bushfire-proof' house design

Weather permitting, CSIRO scientists will 'flame-test' a steel-framed house near Mogo on the NSW south coast at 2pm today to see how the structure withstands realistic bushfire conditions.

Dr Andrew Poole: marshalling advanced materials in the war on biofouling

Dr Andrew Poole’s capabilities span materials science and biological science. He has worked on environmental biotechnology, including microbial separation of oil-in-water emulsions, and microbial treatment of strong effluents. He leads research teams on marine biofouling and eco-friendly protein fibres.

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