Dr Surinder Singh: modifying plant oils
Dr Surinder Singh is Group Leader of the Oilseeds Group of CSIRO Plant Industry's Metabolic Engineering of New Plant Products program and is developing new plant oils for edible and industrial uses.
Dr Jeff Ellis: unravelling plant diseases
Dr Jeff Ellis is applying molecular biology to improve disease and pest resistance in crops and researching the use of gene transfer technology to unravel fundamental aspects of plant biology.
Growing a less thirsty wheat for a thirsty country (Podcast 20 Feb 2009)
As the world's driest inhabited continent, Australia is no stranger to drought, only the hardiest types of wheat can hope to survive during an extended dry period. CSIRO's Dr Richard Richards has been breeding tough drought tolerant wheat varieties for sometime now, but is determined to breed them tougher still. (5:25)
Wild sugarcane is not so sweet to farmers (Podcast 10 Mar 2009)
Sugarcane is the basis of a major commercial industry in Australia and over the years has had to deal with a variety of biological pests such as fungal, bacterial and insect. Now sugarcane growers face another threat in the form of wild sugarcane. (4:40)
Fuelling the future with bioproducts (Podcast 13 Mar 2009)
With the demand for oil increasing as supplies begin to dwindle, there has been shift towards bio-energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. Sugarcane is already used as a source of ethanol fuel, but research into the plant shows it has a lot more to offer in bioproducts. (3:53)
Saving the soil (Podcast 27 May 2009)
With estimates of 1.7 billion or more mouths to feed globally by 2030, research into sustainable farming is helping farmers make the right decisions about their crops under the challenges of climate change. (4:22)