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.

Ms Sandra Crameri: using microscopy to detect disease agents

Ms Sandra Crameri is an electron microscopist working within the microbiologically secure Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) in Geelong, Victoria. As Diagnostic Laboratory supervisor, her focus is on diagnostic activities within the imaging facility.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sea trials for Atlantic salmon gill disease vaccine

A vaccine developed to boost the profitability of Tasmania’s A$230 million Atlantic salmon industry will be tested at a marine farm south of Hobart during spring and summer.

Biosecurity and invasive species

We have a history of biological control successes and our scientists are using their expertise to find more natural enemies of introduced weeds.

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.

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.

Playing the market for natural resource management

CSIRO economists are inviting people in Canberra, Sydney and southern NSW to join the Australian Knowledge Exchange (AKX) – an online prediction market which aims to forecast water availability.

Industry's battle against grain bugs reliant on phosphine

The Australian grain industry continues to rely heavily on the use of phosphine for effective insect control.

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.

Breeding rust-resistant wheat with DNA technology

CSIRO scientists are breeding new varieties of disease-resistant wheat in an effort to improve crop yields and avert a potential food supply crisis.

Biological control of water lettuce, Pistia stratiotes

Water lettuce is one of a suite of aquatic weeds that have been controlled in Australia using biological control agents.

Scotch broom biocontrol agent: twig-mining moth

The twig-mining moth, Leucoptera spartifoliella is one of two successful biological control agents released in Australia to help control Scotch broom.

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)

Atherton, Qld (Atherton laboratory)

CSIRO’s Atherton Laboratory is located in the heart of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in far north Queensland.

Breakthrough in fight against Hendra virus

There has been a breakthrough in the fight against the deadly Hendra virus following the development of a treatment which shows great potential to save the lives of people who become infected with the virus.

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?

Invasive ant researchers invade the Top End

Some of the world’s worst invasive species will be the focus of an international workshop in Darwin this week.

Cape tulips – pretty but pests in pastures

CSIRO and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) are collaborating to try to outwit one of southern Australia’s worst agricultural weeds.

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