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.

Environmentally friendly microbes go mining (Podcast 06 Mar 2009)

An extremophile is any microbe that has adapted to living conditions of extreme temperature, pressure or chemical concentration. This adaption allows certain types of extremophile bacteria to be used in the extraction of metal from ore through the process of bioleaching. (4:25)

Scientists eradicate deadly cattle disease (Podcast 13 Jul 2011)

Elimination of the deadly cattle plague virus rinderpest makes it the first animal disease in history to have been wiped out by humans. (10:43)

Carbon dioxide maintains organic grains in premium condition

Carbon dioxide is the mainstay for effective insect control in stored organic and biodynamic grains.

21st Century Agricultural Revolution

This document includes session one presentations from the Biosecurity in the new bioeconomy: threats and opportunities symposia held 18-21 November 2009 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. (199 pages)

Australian Tropical Sciences and Innovation Precinct - Townsville, Qld

CSIRO and James Cook University (JCU) are working together, creating a world class research hub at the Australian Tropical Sciences and Innovation Precinct (ATSIP) at JCU's Townsville campus.

Eye-in-the-sky helps pinpoint prickly problem

CSIRO research on a tool to track the spread of the devastating weed prickly acacia across Australia’s northern grasslands is described in this article from Farming Ahead. (3 pages)

Tiwi Carbon Study: managing fire for Greenhouse gas abatement

Tiwi Islanders and CSIRO are working together to examine the biophysical and economic potential of fire management for Greenhouse gas abatement on the Tiwi Islands, as a basis for possible livelihood opportunities for Tiwi people.

CSIRO reveals how continents can break apart

A paper co-authored by CSIRO’s Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb and published in Nature today reveals new information on the strength of continents and how they can split apart.

Science for tomorrow

This one-page extract from Farming Ahead contains four stories about CSIRO research on improving bovine fertility, making better use of saline land, controlling blackberry and the development of new pest-specific insecticides.

Mitigation of disease impact through modification of the host response

CSIRO’s Mitigation of disease impact through modification of the host response research aims to develop novel strategies and products to limit the spread of major animal diseases.

Rust fungus to tear backbone out of boneseed

CSIRO’s newly refurbished containment facility for exotic insects and plant pathogens in Canberra is hosting a species of rust fungus which shows promise as a biocontrol agent for the highly invasive plant pest, boneseed.


OzConverter is a specialist tool developed by Dr Tom Harwood, to assist in preparing climate change scenario files from OzClim.

63Sealevels CMAR MedRelTsr

Sea-level rise and changes to cyclone intensity under enhanced greenhouse conditions would pose a considerable increase in risk to coastal property and infrastructure, according to a recent CSIRO study.

Reward for fight against ant invaders

African Big Headed, Yellow Crazy, Tropical Fire and Singapore ants are only small foot soldiers, but vast colonies of these invasive insects are wreaking havoc throughout northern Australia - causing major environmental, economical and social damage.

Livestock Horizons: Foot and Mouth Disease Science Update 2010

This newsletter highlights CSIRO's vital role and ongoing commitment in preparing for exotic animal disease outbreaks, particularly Foot and Mouth Disease. (2 pages)

Dr Michael Ayliffe: improving rust resistance

Dr Michael Ayliffe aims to improve rust resistance in cereals by using transgenic (gene technology) approaches.

The Burning Country: managing land and biodiversity on Cape York Peninsula’s tropical savannas

This collaboration between traditional owners, government, non-government organisations, researchers and community groups is examining the complex interactions between fire and biodiversity in tropical savannas of Cape York Peninsula.

Dr Dean Paini: modelling potential pest invasions

Dr Dean Paini is modelling plant pests and diseases to determine their potential risk of invasion in Australia.

Dr Caroline Lee: improving livestock welfare

Based at the FD McMaster Laboratory in Armidale, NSW, Dr Caroline Lee's research focuses on assessing affective states of livestock to improve welfare.

Dr Ian Colditz: improving animal health and welfare

Dr Ian Colditz, a veterinary scientist with a background in immunology, is working to improve welfare and disease resistance in sheep and cattle.

Climate change may wake up ‘sleeper’ weeds

Climate change will cause some of Australia’s potential weeds to move south by up to 1000km, according to a report by scientists at CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship.

Dr Dan Metcalfe: improving ecology in natural and agricultural systems

Dr Dan Metcalfe leads a group of researchers concerned with addressing the ecological underpinnings of the big sustainability science questions facing Australia and its region.

Dr Darren Kriticos: modelling the future of pests in Australia

Dr Darren Kriticos is researching the effects of climate change impacts on pests and diseases in Australia, as well as regional biosecurity threats from potential new invasive species.

Thrips (Thysanoptera)

Thrips are often little known by most people, but some species are considered major agricultural pests.

Melaka virus: a significant discovery for human health

A CSIRO team led by Dr Linfa Wang played a key role in uncovering a new virus that can cause a respiratory tract illness in humans. Dr Wang explains the significance of the discovery in this video. (6:00)

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