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)
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.