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.
Taking the fight to aphids
This article from Farming Ahead is an overview of the main aphid pest species on Australian grain and pasture plants and the best options for managing them. (3 pages)
Management and control of bridal creeper
CSIRO scientists have spearheaded the bridal creeper biological control program in Australia through the introduction, monitoring and redistribution of three agents to help control and manage the spread of this environmental weed.
Low liveweight link to parasites
This three-page article describes how low liveweight can be a predisposing factor in the susceptibility of Merino lambs to two worm species that reduce sheep health and cost Australian sheep growers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
Search narrows for lippia biocontrol
This article from Farming Ahead looks at how international researchers, including CSIRO Entomology scientists, are narrowing their search for an effective biological control agent for lippia, a serious weed in the Murray Darling Basin. (2 pages)
CSIRO conducts farming research throughout Australia, working with producers and farming groups to trial and evaluate new ideas and techniques.
This fact sheet gives a brief overview of the research activities and focus of CSIRO Entomology. (2 pages)
Environmentally friendly insecticides
By targetting the chemistry of the insects own hormones, CSIRO is developing a new class of insecticide that is pest-specific and produces no harmful side-effects.
Biological control of Gorse
Scientists at CSIRO’s European laboratory are investigating fungal pathogens that may have potential for use as biological control agents against Ulex europaeus in Australia.
Alternatives to antibiotics reduce animal disease
CSIRO researchers are developing vaccines and investigating other alternatives to in-feed antibiotics for livestock. These new products will improve animal health and welfare and reduce the risk of drug-resistant bacteria.
Bats natural hosts of SARS virus
Collaborative research involving scientists in Australia, China and the US concludes, in a paper published in Science, that bats are highly likely to be the natural host of the virus responsible for severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
Climate change statistics – predicting extreme events
A CSIRO course in Melbourne on Wednesday 9 May will focus on making reliable predictions about one-in-a-hundred year droughts, the frequency of future Cyclone Larrys and other extreme climate events that have economic impact.
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.