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Dr Philip Larkin: improving wheat

Dr Philip Larkin researches wheat germplasm improvement.

Paul Warburton: investigating Eucalyptus hybrid production and evaluation

Mr Paul Warburton researches the production, evaluation and deployment of Eucalyptus hybrids in subtropical and tropical plantation forests.

Dr Richard Simpson: pasture systems agronomy, farm productivity and sustainability

Dr Richard Simpson is an agronomist researching pasture management, botanical composition, forages for livestock, plant nutrition and fertiliser use.

Dr Richard Culvenor: researching and breeding perennial grasses

Dr Richard Culvenor focuses on the use of perennial grasses for low rainfall conditions.

Dr Ulrike Schumann: studying RNA silencing in fungi

Dr Ulrike Schumann is working to understand the role of ribonucleic acid (RNA) silencing during fungal plant infection.

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 Jens Berger: investigating crop adaptation

Dr Jens Berger is investigating chickpea and lupin adaptation from an ecogeographic perspective.

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.

Dr Jenny Clement: improving cotton fibre quality and yield

Dr Jenny Clement is improving cotton fibre quality and yield for better industrial fibres.

Dr Jen Taylor: using bioinformatics to study plant genes

Dr Jen Taylor uses informatics to understand plant genes by analysing the data produced by modern molecular biology techniques.

Dr Jean-Philippe Ral: improving starch quality in cereals

Dr Jean-Philippe Ral leads the Cereal Quality Group, exploring the genetic basis of starch metabolism.

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)

Anti-fungal wheat gene proves 'resistance isn't futile' (Podcast 20 Feb 2009)

When faced with disease, plants are unable to move away and avoid infection, like people can. It's very likely that if one plant has a disease, its neighbours will contract it too. This is particularly true with the fungi that causes rust diseases in wheat. (5:45)

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)

Will the real Albarino please stand up? (Podcast 20 Apr 2009)

In late 2008, the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation became suspicious of a grapevine variety being grown in Australia called Albarino, which led to an investigation by CSIRO to identify the variety in question. (4:31)

Food, fuel and climate: Phenomics think-tank faces the challenges (Podcast 13 May 2009)

Leading Australian and international plant biologists gathered in Canberra recently to discuss the role of plant phenomics in developing better agricultural systems for climate and ecosystem change. (5:19)

Alien invaders are on the march (Podcast 22 May 2009)

While the implications of climate change for biodiversity have been widely recognised, the insidious effect of invasive alien species (IAS) on global biodiversity stays under the radar. (4:50)

Fighting rust fungi for farmers (Podcast 25 May 2009)

Rust diseases of cereals are among the oldest plant diseases known to man, and although significant advances have been made against them, they remain a major economic concern for farmers. (5:28)

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)

Plant stem strength: being strong without muscles (Podcast 25 Jun 2010)

Tree strength and stiffness are important properties for breeding plantation trees such as Eucalyptus, as they determine their capacity to make better timber products. (5:52)

Better tree breeding (Podcast 13 Oct 2008)

Discover the work of Chinese scientist Dr Harry Wu in improving approaches to tree breeding. Dr Harry Wu talks about his work in this special Mandarin edition of CSIROpod. (11:11)

Gene silencing success (Podcast 13 Oct 2008)

Discover how Chinese scientist Dr Ming-Bo Wang has been working on gene silencing technology that allows control of the function of certain genes such as improving crop yields and treating diseases. Dr Wang talks about his work in this special Mandarin edition of CSIROpod. (10:56)

Gene silencing scientists awarded PM’s Prize for Science (Podcast 19 Sep 2007)

CSIRO Plant Industry scientists Dr Peter Waterhouse and Dr Ming-Bo Wang have been awarded the 2007 Prime Minister's Prize for Science. (6:15)

CSIRO 'Sleuths' enlisted to avert food supply crisis (Podcast 22 Aug 2008)

Some of CSIRO’s best brains have been enlisted in an international effort to stop the spread of Ug99, a new wheat stem rust which threatens to devastate world wheat production. In this podcast, world leaders in rust research Dr Evans Lagudah and Dr Michael Ayliffe from CSIRO Plant Industry explain the link between Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Australian wheat varieties, and rice. (5.21)

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