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 Sharon J Downes: researching insect resistance in cotton

Dr Sharon J Downes: researching insect resistance in cotton.

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.

Waging war on wheat pest: Grains Week 2006

Australian researchers are investigating breeding resistance into cereal plants to protect wheat and barley crops in the event of a Russian wheat aphid onslaught.

Tapping into nature’s own landscape services

This article from Farming Ahead looks at how farmers, scientists and conservationists are looking for ways to make Australian farming landscapes more sustainable by harnessing the ecosystem services provided by native vegetation. (3 pages)

Farm management overview

CSIRO researches farm management including crops, pastures and livestock to improve production. CSIRO researches farm management including crops, pastures and livestock to improve profitability and sustainability along the entire production chain.

Seed dispersal science used to combat weed invasions

In a scientific first, ecologists are applying their understanding of native rainforest seed dispersal to predict where and how the seeds of invasive weeds will spread across the landscape.

Cabomba: a fast-growing submerged aquatic weed

CSIRO Entomology is researching sustainable control methods for cabomba, an introduced aquatic weed that has the potential to spread throughout aquatic habitats in Australia.

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)

Technical report no 163: evaluation of remote sensing for predicting long term hydrological impacts of forest regeneration as a result of bushfire

CSIRO remote sensing specialists analysed Landsat satellite images to accurately map changes in the forest cover to assist land and resource managers, particularly in bushfire management. (55 pages)

The European rabbit

European rabbits were introduced into Australia in 1859 and soon became a major pest species. Read about their distribution and control.

Advancing Australian aquaculture

The Food Futures Flagship links research and industry partners in projects that raise the value and competitiveness of Australian aquaculture.

Science for tomorrow: New developments

This article from Farming Ahead contains four stories on a revised grassfire guide, a new water yield assessment project, a genomic tool to speed up genetic gain in sheep breeding and a long-term ocean observation network. (1 page)

Redlegged earth mite: its status and control

This article from Farming Ahead discusses how high winter-rainfall areas of southern Australia are plagued by the redlegged earth mite (Halotydeus destructor) and how yields of susceptible crops can be reduced by half. (3 pages)

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.

Mr Warren Müller: applying statistics to biological and environmental problems

Mr Warren Müller has over 35 years of experience as a biometrician at CSIRO collaborating extensively with other CSIRO scientists on a wide range of biological and environmental science projects.

Dust Mites

This comprehensive reference is essential reading for anyone involved or interested in house dust mite research and management.

Dr Peter Hunt: fighting parasite and other infections of livestock

Dr Peter Hunt is using molecular biology techniques to develop improved methods for managing animal health in grazing and intensive systems.

Termite Action Victoria Report

The Termite Action Victoria report argues that all presently undeclared Victorian municipalities should be immediately declared as regions subject to termite infestation, in order to protect properties, residents and structure owners in these regions. (21 pages)

Dr Nic Bax: expert in marine resource management

Dr Nic Bax is applying his expertise in marine resource management to help understand, manage and conserve our oceans’ biodiversity.

Dr Stan Robert: a pioneer in gene discovery

Dr Stan Robert brings his diverse experience in genetics research to the leadership of the Environmental Genomics Team at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research.

Gauging the effectiveness of biocontrol programs

How CSIRO researchers have been examining the effectiveness of biological control programs against some plant pests as very little is known about their long-term impacts is described in this article. (3 pages)

Hendra virus

In 1994, a deadly new virus threatened to stop Australia's premier horse race – the Melbourne Cup. This virus is now known as Hendra virus.

NIPI News: June 2008

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

Dr Chris Prideaux: Deputy Chief, CSIRO Livestock Industries

Dr Chris Prideaux is the author of numerous articles, conference papers and three international patents covering various areas of vaccine development.

Mimosa biological control project

CSIRO scientists are researching new biological control agents to help manage and control Mimosa pigra, an introduced weed invading wetlands in tropical Australia.

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