Scanning electron microscope image of the reproductive apex of a barley plant (Hordeum vulgare).


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CSIRO cotton research in Narrabri turns 40

CSIRO is celebrating its 40th anniversary of cotton research at Narrabri, based at the Australian Cotton Research Institute (ACRI), NSW.

Ant and termite colonies unearth gold

Ant and termite nests show evidence of gold hidden deep underground in new research conducted by CSIRO.

Our changing beaches - scientists look for a break in the surf zone

Australian scientists are taking a closer look at a south Perth beach in a research project to improve short and long-term beach and shoreline predictions.

That's one small step for apps one giant leap for soil science

Australia’s national soil databases can now be accessed in real time online through a new iPad app called SoilMapp.

The widening gap between present emissions and the two-degree target

Carbon dioxide emission reductions required to limit global warming to 2°C are becoming a receding goal based on new figures reported today in the latest Global Carbon Project (GCP) calculations published today in the advanced online edition of Nature Climate Change.

Fish ear bones point to climate impacts

Scientists believe that fish ear bones and their distinctive growth rings can offer clues to the likely impacts of climate change in aquatic environments.

'Retired' scientists unmask bush graffiti artist

In a remarkable piece of detective work, a team of 'retired' CSIRO scientists have revealed the group of artists responsible for the iconic scribbles found on smooth-barked Eucalyptus trees in southeastern Australia.

New Chief for CSIRO Land and Water

Australia’s environmental research will be significantly boosted by today’s appointment of internationally renowned scientist Professor Paul Bertsch as new Chief of CSIRO Land and Water.

Technology to help weather bushfires, floods and more

Flooded subways, distressed people, destroyed homes, failed electricity supply, piled-up debris in city streets - Hurricane Sandy showed us the devastating effects of natural disasters.

Queensland’s national ship-naming competition winner to tour Australia’s Marine National Facility

Nearly three years ago a 10-year-old Queensland primary school student beat the rush of entries in a national competition to find a name for Australia’s new Marine National Facility research vessel.

Crystals that trap pollution win at Tall Poppies

CSIRO mathematician Dr Aaron Thornton was named a 2012 Victorian Young Tall Poppy last night, in recognition of his work in carbon dioxide and molecular gas research.

CSIRO sensor detects bombs on sea floor

CSIRO has developed a sensor to detect undetonated explosives on the sea floor. It is based on technology used to find mineral deposits underground.

Calling wanna-be time travellers

Ever wondered what your future holds? Fame, fortune, a world powered by low carbon energy? You can now take a peek at what will power Australia in 2050 with just a click of your mouse – none of that tricky time travel required.

Gene find turns soldier beetle defence into biotech opportunity

New antibiotic and anti-cancer chemicals may one day be synthesised using biotechnology, following CSIRO’s discovery of the three genes that combine to provide soldier beetles with their potent predator defence system.

Designing solar arrays for a climate benefit

A study to determine whether energy production can simultaneously be used to positively affect regional climates, including modifying rainfall patterns, has begun in CSIRO’s weather and energy research unit.

Scientists team up with Google in an Australian first

Detailed satellite imagery about Australian landscapes will soon be only a button push away for land managers in community and non-profit sectors thanks to a partnership between Australian scientists and Google, announced last night in Sydney.

Social media sorted with smart software

Responding earlier to bushfires and helping address mental health issues are just two of the benefits being seen with the introduction of new social media software from CSIRO.

CSIRO leads additive manufacturing charge with new titanium facility

CSIRO has announced the opening of a new titanium additive manufacturing facility that will be used for developing advanced titanium parts for aerospace, medical, automotive and manufacturing applications.

Australian scientists join global change research community

Australia has joined the research organisation the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) which specialises in the application of advanced systems analysis to examine the complex systems which are at the heart of today's global challenges, specifically energy, water, food, climate change and population growth.

Scientists to tackle biosecurity disease threats

World-renowned scientists are meeting today at the Emerging Infectious Diseases Symposium (EIDS2012), in Geelong, Victoria, to help improve our ability to protect people and animals from increasing biosecurity threats, such as Hendra virus and dengue fever.

CSIRO sticks it to weeds this spring

CSIRO has developed a new biodegradable weed mat which could put a stop to nasty weeds and transform the future of Australia’s agriculture and farming industries.

CSIRO explains the mystery of ball lightning

Australian scientists have unveiled a new theory which explains the mysterious phenomenon known as ball lightning.

Australia’s first bushfire resistant straw house to be built

With bushfire season fast approaching, construction of the first bushfire resistant straw bale house tested by CSIRO has begun in rural Victoria. Conceived by sustainable designer Joost Bakker, the house is based on design principles that minimise environmental impact and it is set to withstand temperatures equal to that of a worst case bushfire scenario.

Southern Hemisphere becoming drier

A decline in April-May rainfall over south-east Australia is associated with a southward expansion of the subtropical dry-zone according to research published today in Scientific Reports, a primary research journal from the publishers of Nature.

Mozzie protein alert to invading viruses

CSIRO scientists have discovered how mosquitoes develop viral immunity, potentially leading to improved vaccines, and other control measures, for mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and West Nile.

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