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


CSIRO's Media Centre provides journalists and the media with information about CSIRO's research and other activities.

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.

Researching possible links between the Indonesian Throughflow and Australia's climate

CSIRO scientists will today head to the Ombai Strait and Timor Passage to collect data vital to understanding how an ocean current in the region affects Australia’s climate and weather.

Australia setting the standard for water information exchange

CSIRO research has been turned into an international standard with the adoption of a water information exchange standard, WaterML2.0.

Bath time’s over for computer models

It’s time for computer models of tsunamis and storm surges to get out of the bath, according to a CSIRO researcher speaking at the Coast to Coast Conference in Brisbane on September 21, 2012. More realistic models are needed for infrastructure planners and emergency managers to better prepare for disasters.

A ‘quantum’ step towards on-the-spot Hendra virus detection.

CSIRO scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne, have developed a new method which could pave the way for a portable Hendra virus biosensor.

Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation examined in new book

Sustainable management of Australia’s much-loved coast is complex and challenging. Much is already known about coastal environments, but to date, coastal management has had limited success; in some cases management decisions have made problems worse.

Moreton Bay seagrasses make full recovery after the flood

CSIRO researchers have found that vital seagrass beds in Moreton Bay recovered within 12 months of the 2011 Brisbane floods.

Major changes needed to protect Australia’s species and ecosystems

A landmark study has found that climate change is likely to have a major impact on Australia’s plants, animals and ecosystems that will present significant challenges to the conservation of Australia’s biodiversity.

SEACI taps into future water availability

Australia’s water resources can be better managed under a changing climate, thanks to research released today by the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI).

Australia and Chile sign global mining agreement at Government House

CSIRO and Chile’s Ministry of Mining have signed an agreement to improve education, safety and technology development in the mining and minerals sector.

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.

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