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.

SiroFire – helping fire authorities predict wildfire spread

Understanding probably wildfire spread is vital to the efficient use of firefighting resources. CSIRO scientists developed SiroFire, a computer-based real-time bushfire spread simulator, to give fire control authorities a fast operational tool to predict wildfire spread.

Dr Laurence Mound: thrips expert

Using electronic information systems Dr Laurence Mound is providing rapid identification techniques that can help prevent the establishment of potential pest insects in Australia. 

Dr TJ Higgins: researching legume gene technology

Dr TJ Higgins is a leading researcher in plant gene technology particularly in improving nutritional value and resistance against pests and diseases.

Safeguarding Australia against infectious diseases

We protect the health of Australia's people, animals, environment and trade through our research to detect and control infectious diseases.

Future fire – still a wide open climate question

How the frequency and intensity of wildfires and intentional biomass burning will change in a future climate requires closer scientific attention, according to CSIRO’s Dr Melita Keywood.

Underground solutions to sustainable agriculture: Grains Week 2006

Australian researchers are overcoming major barriers to sustainable agriculture by improving root growth and function in cropping systems.

Dr Susie Sprague: caring for canola

Dr Susie Sprague is studying effective farm management in relation to Blackleg - a plant disease that targets canola crops.

Minibeasts Senior post-visit notes

CSIRO runs an interactive Minibeasts Senior program for Years 3 - 6 students in the Northern Territory. Our post-visit teacher resources help your students get the most out of the workshop.

An introduction to physical-statistical modelling using Bayesian methods

This 18-page technical report by CSIRO’s Dr Edward Campbell discusses integrating physical and statistical models using Bayesian methods. This approach helps environmental scientists deal with uncertainty in forecasting.

Re-writing ‘the book’ on a devastating poultry disease

A world-first discovery made by a Monash University PhD student working at CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, has poultry scientists worldwide taking a fresh look at the devastating bacterial disease, necrotic enteritis.

Dr Geoff Baker: developing management strategies for pest & beneficial invertebrates

Dr Geoff Baker; developing management strategies for pest & beneficial invertebrates

Over 100 new sharks and rays classified

Australian scientists have completed an ambitious 18-month project to name and describe more than 100 new species of sharks and rays.

130prawnfishers CMAR MedRelTsr

Fishing crews have gathered information on more than 1000 sea snakes and hundreds of other species in the first year of a bycatch-monitoring study in the Northern Prawn Fishery.

Australian technology used during Australian equine flu outbreak (Podcast 27 Aug 2007)

Dr Hans Heine from CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory describes how scientists are diagnosing cases of equine flu using tests developed by CSIRO and the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre. (3:51)  

CSIRO to take the guess work out of breeding sheep (Podcast 28 Jan 2009)

Domestic sheep common to farms around Australia have come along way from their wild relatives and ancestors. Over many years of domestication, sheep have been bred for their commercially important traits by selectively breeding through trial and error, something that is about to change thanks to a new genomic tool. (3:29)

Dr John Bingham: emergency animal disease expert

Dr John Bingham is a veterinary pathologist with expertise in zoonotic diseases – those that can pass from animals to people.

Dr Peter Daniels: Theme Leader - Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response

Dr Peter Daniels is involved in numerous animal health projects in South-East Asia, focussing on diagnosis and control of disease and development of laboratory quality systems. He is responsible for coordinating the delivery of Australian Animal Health Laboratory's routine and emergency diagnostic services.

Dr Mary Whitehouse: enhancing the use of beneficial insects and spiders in cotton

Dr Whitehouse is researching predator prey interactions in cotton ecosystems, focusing on the management of green mirids using conservation biological control.

AWB partnership produces first-grade grain

Australia has built an international reputation for exporting quality, insect-free grains on the back of a 30-year R&D partnership with the AWB. Australia has built an international reputation for quality wheat on the back of a 30-year R&D partnership with AWB.

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.

97TomGrace Ento MedRelTsr

Australian biotechnology pioneer, Dr Tom Grace, has been awarded the Society for In Vitro Biology's highest honour, the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the development of invertebrate in vitro biology.

Fighting fungus

In this video find out how CSIRO's Rust Resistance Team has discovered genes that determine whether a plant can develop immunity to the harmful rust fungus. (2:30)

Science for tomorrow: developments

This one-page extract contains information on CSIRO research on controlling carp in rivers, improving vegetation mapping, improved accessibility to the Australian National Insect Collection and lifting the success of revegetation.

Biodiversity: benefits and threats

CSIRO research is helping to manage the increasing threat from invasive species and the benefits to agriculture from ecosystem services.

The costs and benefits of buffel grass and its management

CSIRO scientists are working with agencies, regional groups and individuals to document the environmental, social and economic benefits and costs of buffel grass.

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