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CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.
Large-scale, long-term, multidisciplinary science to address Australia's major national challenges and opportunities.
CSIRO expertise is organised into 11 research areas
CSIRO manages national facilities and collections that are opened to researchers around Australia and overseas.
The Centre for Biodiversity Analysis will help Australia harness cutting-edge advances in biological sciences.
Scientists test a new molecular technique that has the potential to revolutionise the discovery of new species.
CSIRO and TERN have opened Australia’s first large-scale rainforest research plot.
The effects of fire on vegetation, in a ‘before’ and ‘after’ study of the Brindabellas following the 2003 bushfires.
- CSIRO urban research is enabling more sustainable cities through trans-disciplinary research and the development of new technologies and modelling approaches.
- CSIRO is finding better ways to manage agricultural systems to achieve a balance between food production and environmental and socioeconomic outcomes.
- CSIRO is improving the understanding and management of Australia’s landscapes, ecosystems and biodiversity through this targeted Ecology Program.
- The Evolutionary Biology Program generates knowledge for managing biodiversity and develops bio- and genomic technologies to enhance the environmental performance of Australian agricultural, manufacturing and energy industries.
- CSIRO is bringing together knowledge and best practice on the structure and function, values and benefits of Australia’s natural and planted forests.
- CSIRO is helping to find solutions to natural resource management and sustainability challenges through social and economic research.
Dr Daniel Walker is Chief of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences.
Dr Robyn Russell’s work on bioremediation of pesticide residues will help protect the environment and ensure uncontaminated commodities.
Dr Michael Robertson draws on his background in agronomy, broadacre farming systems and management to help lead one of Australia’s largest sustainability science teams.
Dr John Oakeshott is working to create an understanding of the potential benefits of biotechnology for Australian rural and manufacturing sectors.
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 Owain Edwards is applying his knowledge of insect ecology, evolutionary biology, and genomics to develop novel strategies to control pests, and to improve biodiversity management.
Dr Polglase's chief interests as a scientist include forest ecology, nutrient cycling and soil fertility, carbon balances in forests, forest hydrology and modelling.
Prof Iain Walker's work as Leader for the Social and Economic Sciences Research Program focuses on solving pressing social and environmental problems.
Dr Paevere works on the development of advanced tools and technologies to help improve the sustainability, functionality and resilience of cities and supporting infrastructure.
Meet some of the people who work at Ecosystem Sciences.
The ANWC is a leading research centre that provides important information on Australia’s wildlife heritage through the collection of land vertebrates including birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals
The Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) is the world's largest collection of Australian insects and related groups such as mites, spiders, earthworms, nematodes and centipedes.
A national research facility testing combustion and spread of bushfires to improve fire safety and fire-fighting for Australian communities.
The arboretum of over 1 300 trees, shrubs and vines from northern Australia, and a reference herbarium in Atherton is used for research and public education.
Industrial biotechnology and biomaterials research involves investigating insects and other invertebrates as new sources for biomaterials.
Potential exists for avoiding resource degradation, recovering biodiversity values and promoting sustainable agriculture, by deliberately integrating regrowth and mature stands of vegetation with dryland cropping systems in Queensland’s Brigalow Belt.
Research at CSIRO is examining the evolution and classification of beetles, also known as Coleoptera.
The National Invertebrate Pest Initiative (NIPI) brings together Australian scientists from State Departments, Universities, growers and CSIRO to improve pest management in Australian grain crops.
The bushfire research program at CSIRO is part of a large-scale collaborative effort.
DIVERSITAS links biology, ecology and social sciences, to develop socially relevant knowledge that supports sustainable use of biodiversity.
Our science is helping Australia understand, respond to and plan for a changing climate.
We are applying our expertise and resources across many science disciplines to one of the world's key natural resource challenges: sustaining biodiversity in genes, plants, animals and entire ecosystems.
To help protect Australia's ecosystems, CSIRO is undertaking invasive species research at pre-border, border and post-border level.
In support of a developing bioeconomy in Australia, CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences is conducting research on industrial biotechnology and biomaterials; environmental biotechnology and enzymology; and sensory biology.
Achieving another agricultural revolution.
The debate on population policy requires clear scientific advice about how our population is likely to affect resources, environmental sustainability, the economy and society. CSIRO researches these areas to predict how population policies may affect our sustainability.
The Food Futures Flagship is pioneering biosensor technology which can be applied to food manufacturing, healthcare and Australia’s biosecurity and defence efforts.
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