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.

Dr Peter Dodds: investigating the molecular basis of rust disease resistance

Dr Dodds' research aims to elucidate how plants recognise and respond to pathogens with the ultimate aim of protecting important food crops from devastating diseases.

Biological control of blue heliotrope

CSIRO investigated possible biological control options for the introduced plant, blue heliotrope, which is now a major weed in some areas.

Controlling bridal creeper

In this video see how scientists have found a rust fungus capable of causing severe damage to and eventually killing bridal creeper, one of Australia’s worst environmental weeds. (2:30)

Fire and carbon in regional Australia

This project is identifying the biophysical, economic and social opportunities for remote communities relating to land management for greenhouse gas abatement, with a focus on fire management in tropical savannas.

Mesquite biocontrol with the sap-sucking Coreid, Mozena obtusa

The sap-sucking Coreid, Mozena obtusa was investigated as a potential biological control agent for mesquite, a woody weed invading semi-arid and arid parts of Australia.

Wood borer infestations: detection and treatment

There are several types of wood borer in Australia. Find out about those most often found in the timber of houses and furniture, and information to assist in their detection and treatment.

Dr Tim Heard: the insect tracker

On the hunt for exotic species for biological control use in Australia, Dr Tim Heard, a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, often finds himself in faraway places offering rewarding experiences. The hunt for useful exotic animal and plant species has taken Dr Tim Heard, a tropical weeds senior research scientist, to faraway places.

Willow sawfly

Willow sawfly, first identified in Australia in 2005 and now well established in the ACT and surrounding areas (Queanbeyan, Braidwood and Cooma) of south east New South Wales (NSW), attacks both pest and amenity willows.

CSIRO cane toad research

CSIRO scientists have explored the use of gene technology to reduce the number of Australian cane toads.

Scientific papers (2008): plant diseases and pests

This page lists all CSIRO Plant Industry's scientific papers published in 2008 related to plant diseases and pests.

Dr Robert Moore: leading research to modulate host responses

Dr Rob Moore is a molecular biologist working to improve poultry health and productivity by developing vaccines and therapeutics for the poultry industry.

Scientific papers (2007): plant diseases and pests

This page lists all CSIRO Plant Industry's scientific papers published in 2007 related to plant diseases and pests.

Pest resistant cotton mite be a little closer

CSIRO scientist Dr Junji Miyazaki has found that not all types of cotton are susceptible to common pests like mites and whitefly. By understanding the physiological basis for resistance, cotton breeders might be able to include resistance mechanisms in future cotton varieties and thereby further reduce pesticide use.

Research advice for cars caught in bushfires

CSIRO researchers led a groundbreaking study into the survivability of cars trapped in firestorms.

Dr John K Scott: researching biocontrol, climate change and Mediterranean weeds

Dr John K Scott is protecting Australia's Mediterranean climate regions through research on the biological control of invasive weed species.

Dr John White, leader of the Laboratory Automation and New Technologies team

Dr John White is responsible for leading the Laboratory Automation and New Technologies team within the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Theme at CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

DNA blueprint for healthier and more efficient cows

Ground breaking findings by an international consortium of scientists who sequenced and analysed the bovine genome, could result in more sustainable food production.

Myxomatosis and rabbits in Australia today

Introduced by CSIRO in 1950, myxomatosis almost wiped out Australia’s pest rabbits. Natural selection has led to a balance between myxoma virus and wild rabbits today, but pet bunnies remain highly susceptible.

CSIRO Fire Spread Meter for Northern Australia

The CSIRO Fire Spread Meter for Northern Australia predicts the rate of spread of fires in open grassland, woodland, and open forest with a grassy understorey.

Bitou bush biocontrol agent: the leaf-rolling moth

CSIRO Entomology and New South Wales Agriculture collaborated on a project to rear, release and evaluate the performance of the leaf-rolling moth Tortrix species to help control bitou bush.

Biological control of Cape tulips

The pasture weeds, Cape tulips, are considered suitable targets for biological control because there are few close relatives among Australian native species and no related crops.

Large Animal Facility (LAF)

AAHL is globally unique in enabling work on infected livestock at Physical Containment level 4 (PC4). This capability further strengthens our ability to protect Australia's animal and people from disease outbreaks.

Management of invasive European blackberry

A new three-year blackberry biological control project has begun to coordinate the national release of eight additional strains of the leaf-rust fungus Phragmidium violaceum, with potential to enhance biological control of invasive European blackberry in Australia.

Family planning for wild radish

New research into the increasingly herbicide-tolerant wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) has revealed increased potential for two ‘contraceptive’ approaches to controlling the noxious weed.

New tool to fast-track genetic gain in sheep

Scientists from CSIRO are part of an international team that today launched a new genomic tool which is set to transform the future selection and breeding of sheep around the world.

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