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


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The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet online

We’re inviting you to participate in an online trial of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet - a nutritious and convenient weight loss program, supported by scientific evidence.

Australian science helps boost Africa’s cotton crops

Australian science is helping African cotton farmers grow higher quality cotton, and more of it.

Scientists and schools tackle marine debris

Teachers and school students are working with scientists to help research the problem of marine debris around Australia.

CSIRO rejects claims made by APPEA regarding groundwater and coal seam gas

CSIRO rejects the claim made in a television commercial aired on Sunday 2 September that ‘CSIRO [and government studies] have shown that groundwater is safe with coal seam gas’.

Fishers and scientists examine the past to understand a changing marine environment

Fishers and scientists will be better informed about the impacts of a changing climate on coastal fish species, thanks to a new partnership.

Australian shipping emissions identified

Ship engine exhaust emissions make up more than a quarter of nitrogen oxide emissions generated in the Australian region according to a recently-published study by CSIRO and the Australian Maritime College in Launceston. Nitrogen oxide is a non-greenhouse gas, unlike similarly named nitrous oxide.

Australian and African scientists unite on African food crisis

Teams of scientists from CSIRO and one of Africa’s leading agricultural research and development organisations will meet in Brisbane this week to discuss solutions to West and Central Africa’s ongoing food security crisis.

Students build on China-Australia partnerships

Australia’s CSIRO and the Chinese Ministry of Education yesterday reaffirmed their collaboration which allows Chinese science students to spend time at the Australian research agency.

Report card shows Australia's oceans are changing

Launched August 17, the 2012 Marine Climate Change in Australia Report Card demonstrates that climate change is having significant impacts on Australia’s marine ecosystems.

CSIRO and China work together towards global border security

CSIRO and Chinese company Nuctech have commercialised a world-first cargo scanner that is now installed and in use at Abu Dhabi Airport in the United Arab Emirates and at Nikola Tesla Airport in Serbia.

Warming causes more extreme shifts of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest rain band

South Pacific countries will experience more extreme floods and droughts, in response to increasing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a paper out today in the journal Nature.

CSIRO technology gives Australian Olympic sailors the winning edge

CSIRO’s detailed wind forecasts have helped the Australian Olympic Sailing Team win gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

CSIRO helps prevent farmer death and injury with help of 'crash test cow'

A new type of cattle gate aimed at preventing farmer death and injury has completed rigorous testing and development by the CSIRO. SaferGate, designed by farmer and inventor Edward Evans, has been put to the test by a CSIRO-developed 'crash test cow'.

Australia creates world’s first continental-scale mineral maps

The new suite of mineral maps will enable mining companies to increase the efficiency and viability of their exploration efforts.

White shark spotted in the west (Queensland that is)

You may have seen A Fish Called Wanda, but have you met one? Well now you can. Wanda the white shark will be travelling to regional Queensland as part of CSIRO’s National Science Week event Oceans in the Outback.

Climate projections for Vietnam

Australian and Vietnamese climate scientists met in Hanoi last week to begin work on developing higher-resolution climate change projections for Vietnam.

UK Space Agency chief to head CSIRO Information Sciences group

Some of Australia’s most important space, mathematics and digital technologies research will now be driven by a new leader, with today’s announcement that Dr David Williams has been appointed as CSIRO Group Executive, Information Sciences.

New bat virus could hold key to Hendra virus

Australian scientists have discovered a new virus in bats that could help shed light on how Hendra and Nipah viruses cause disease and death in animals and humans.

Australia is "all ears" for Mars landing

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will land on Mars on Monday 6 August (AEST). The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, which CSIRO manages on behalf of NASA, will be the main tracking station for the landing. CSIRO's Parkes telescope ("The Dish") will also be receiving signals, as a backup.

New discovery of how carbon is stored in the Southern Ocean

A team of British and Australian scientists has discovered how carbon is drawn down from the surface of the Southern Ocean to the deep waters beneath.

Australia to catch the wave and hang ten (per cent that is)

Australia’s oceans hold a bounty of energy and could produce 24-hour power, either from the tides, currents or waves.

Portable device detects soil contamination

Ziltek Pty Ltd and CSIRO have announced the commercialisation of a new hand-held device for the rapid in-field analysis of petroleum contamination in soil.

No reason to be sheepish about paternity

A new, low-cost DNA test to verify sheep parentage could soon help breeders worldwide to record accurate pedigrees and maximise the genetic potential of their flock.

CSIRO to supply essential antibodies in the search for new, safe and affordable rotavirus vaccines

CSIRO has been contracted by PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) to produce antibodies on a large scale that will aid the development of new, safe, affordable and effective vaccines against rotavirus, a major cause of severe and fatal diarrhoea in young children worldwide.

The more the merrier – farmers must diversify to survive

Broadening the mix of agricultural enterprises could help farmers protect themselves from the long-term impacts of climate variability, according to a new report from CSIRO.

Australian scientist awarded a Royal Medal from the Royal Society London

Internationally recognised chemist Professor Andrew Holmes has been awarded the 2012 Royal Medal – the only Australian in 10 years to receive the award.

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