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.

NIPI News: June 2008

Find out about the National Invertebrate Pest Initiative in this issue of its newsletter. (2 pages)

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.

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.

Weeds will thrive on climate change

The potential effects of climate change on the distribution of weeds is discussed in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)

New fowlpox vaccine available

A new vaccine developed by CSIRO Livestock Industries to help control the common poultry disease, fowlpox, has been registered for commercial use by one of Australia’s leading animal health companies, Intervet Australia Pty Ltd.

Understanding the science of fire

CSIRO's Fire Science research program uses our expertise in material flammability, fire growth and control, and bushfire impact on infrastructure to improve fire safety.

Protecting crops against Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus

Plants with total immunity to the devastating Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus could be a step closer thanks to breeding of resistant species and the creation of a synthetic gene primed to recognise the virus and destroy it. (2 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)

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 joins global fight against pandemic threats

Australian scientists are part of an international consortium creating ‘battle maps’ that visualise how bird flu and other viruses constantly mutate to camouflage their antigens, or ‘invading soldiers’, to avoid being neutralised by the immune system’s ‘artillery’.

Dr Sharon J Downes: researching insect resistance in cotton

Dr Sharon J Downes: researching insect resistance in cotton.

Victory in battle against African big headed ant (Podcast 11 Aug 2008)

The African big headed ant is one of the 100 worst pests in the world, and they’re in Australia. In this podcast, CSIRO ecologist Dr Ben Hoffmann explains how science won the war against a virulent environmental, economic and social threat. (5:04)

Australia-China research links strengthened

CSIRO and the Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine (CAIQ) today (Tuesday 10 April) signed a Relationship Agreement to facilitate research in biosecurity and quarantine.

Field Guide: Fuel Assessment and Fire Behaviour Prediction in Dry Eucalypt Forest

Based on the results of a decade of research, Field Guide: Fuel Assessment and Fire Behaviour Prediction in Dry Eucalypt Forest provides fire authorities with a systematic method for assessing fuel hazard and predicting potential fire behaviour in dry eucalypt forest.

New lab provides speedy response to animal disease emergencies (Podcast 06 Aug 2008)

A new 'state of the art' laboratory at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong has the capacity to rapidly diagnose an emergency animal disease outbreak, potentially preventing its spread. In this podcast, the Director of AAHL, Dr Martyn Jeggo, explains how the lab will process more samples, faster. (5:00)

Farming Ahead: CSIRO and related articles from 2010

Farming Ahead magazine regularly features CSIRO's research for the agricultural sector. This is a list of CSIRO articles published in the magazine throughout 2010.

Vaccine protects from deadly Hendra virus

CSIRO scientists have shown that a new experimental vaccine helps to protect horses against the deadly Hendra virus.

Dr Garry Cook: tropical savanna ecology and management

Dr Garry Cook has more than 25 years experience in researching the sustainable management of tropical savanna landscapes, with an emphasis on the role of fire in savanna dynamics and landscape processes.

Prestigious award for leading entomologist

An Honorary Fellow with CSIRO Entomology, Mr Alan Dyce, has been awarded the Australian Medal of Agricultural Science by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology.

Biological agent closing in on weedy rampant escapee

Sticky snakeroot, Mexican devil or Crofton weed – call it what you want - since the early 1900s this weed has been causing grief in Australia. But now the release of a new biological control agent brings some hope.

Understanding bushfire behaviour

Bushfire experts have teamed together to provide vital information on predicting the behaviour and management of bushfires.

The Paterson's curse pollen beetle

This two-page brochure discusses how to promote the establishment and survival of the pollen beetle, Meligethes planiusculus, a biocontrol agent for Paterson's curse in Australia.

Genomics and Genetics

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

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)

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.

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