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)
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)
Food, fuel or both? (Podcast 24 Jul 2009)
In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), CSIRO researchers have been awarded a AU$1.6 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Plant Feedstock Genomics program. The research will increase our understanding of genes responsible for growth and yield in grasses for use as bio-energy and food crops. (4:29)
CSIRO research is targeting better vineyard management with work in areas such as carbohydrate dynamics, water use efficiency and sustainable performance. CSIRO is also part of the Wine Innovarion Cluster, a group of research agencies aiming to improve wine science and to make viticulture more sustainable and more suited to our changing climate.
CSIRO’s grape genetics research is targeting wine and grape quality and disease resistance. CSIRO is also part of the Wine Innovarion Cluster, a group of research agencies aiming to improve wine science and to make viticulture more sustainable and more suited to our changing climate.
Reducing blackleg damage in dual-purpose canola
CSIRO scientists have reduced the devastating effects of blackleg disease for dual-purpose canola . While canola has demonstrated its value as a dual-purpose crop in mixed farming systems, grazing can increase the risk of attack by the blackleg fungus because it exposes damaged plant tissues during the period of infection.
Dr Steve Milroy: improving crop production
Dr Steve Milroy is Sub Program Leader, Improving Crop Production and Quality of CSIRO's Plant Industry Division and is currently researching crop production in Western Australia's sandplain region.
Closing the phosphorus-efficiency gap
Ways to reduce the costs of phosphorus fertiliser use on farms – critical for sustaining high agricultural production in many Australian farming systems – have been identified in a new suite of journal papers.
CSIRO intensifies search for wood trait markers
Expanding upon the success of the Hottest 100 project, Dr Simon Southerton and his team are set to undertake an extensive search for genetic markers to improve the productivity and sustainability of plantation forestry.
Phenonet: wireless sensors in agriculture
The High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre is using CSIRO-developed smart sensor nodes to record microclimate and plant data in the field in an effort to select new plant varieties suited to difficult growing conditions.
CSIRO is investigating different management techniques to identify ways of improving wheat yields in specific regions or under certain circumstances.
What is genetic modification (GM)?
Genetic modification is the use of modern biotechnology techniques to change the genes of an organism, such as a plant or animal. Find out all the details in this fact sheet.
What are DNA markers?
DNA markers are a gene technology tool that helps breeders conventionally breed new plant varieties. The resultant new plant varieties are not genetically modified (GM). Read this fact sheet for more information.