CSIRO Plant Industry
CSIRO Plant Industry conducts research to promote profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, develop new plant products and improve natural resource management.
CSIRO's Phytotron continues to produce great science and act as a melting pot for the world's leading plant scientists to tackle pressing global issues. Here we celebrate the building's illustrious past and its bright future.
Insect protected cowpeas
Cowpeas are an important food crop in sub-Saharan Africa but yields are often reduced by more than 80 per cent due to pests and diseases. CSIRO Plant Industry is part of a global project to improve cowpea production in Africa and is making progress towards incorporating ‘built-in’ insect pest protection that could help to reduce food shortages in the region.
DIR121 Safflower trial
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from CSIRO to establish field plots of experimental safflower lines genetically modified (GM) to contain elevated levels oleic acid.
Dual-purpose Cropping in the High Rainfall Zone
A new CSIRO project takes dual-purpose crops to the whole-farm level, increasing flexibility for farmers as climate conditions become more challenging and offering potential extra earnings of A$150m per year in New South Wales alone.
Dr Ian Dry: fighting grapevine disease
Dr Ian Dry is leading research into grapevine disease resistance, in particular by looking at developing molecular strategies to improve the genetic resistance of all horticultural crops to fungal pathogens.
Dr Jean Finnegan: understanding flowering
Dr Jean Finnegan leads research into the control of the initiation of flowering and the role of epigenetic regulation in plant development at CSIRO Plant Industry.