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Smart Farming: leveraging the impact of broadband and the digital economy report

The Smart Farming: leveraging the impact of broadband and the digital economy report outlines initial research findings from Smart Farming projects, which indicate smart farming productivity benefits.

The future of farming

CSIRO is working towards 'Smart Farm' of the future, with research focussing on Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and their potential to transform the Australian agriculture industry.

Prof Karam Singh: investigating plant stress

Prof Karam Singh uses model plant systems to analyse how plants respond to stress to help identify ways to improve stress tolerance in plants.

Dr John Kirkegaard: improving farm productivity and sustainability

Dr John Kirkegaard is group leader of CSIRO Plant Industry's Innovations for Sustainable Mixed Farming team.

Going back for seconds (Podcast 04 Jun 2013)

A new CSIRO project takes dual-purpose crops to the whole-farm level, increasing flexibility for farmers as climate conditions become more challenging.

Dr Simon Southerton: unlocking the genetic secrets of trees

Dr Simon Southerton’s work on identifying genes responsible for commericially important wood traits will result in significant benefits for the plantation forest industry.

Dr Lewis Wilson: tackling cotton pests

Dr Lewis Wilson researches pests in cotton and helps develop tools that contribute to uptake of integrated pest management (IPM) and reducing insecticide use in cotton production.

Licensing RNAi gene technology

Having developed the 'hairpin RNAi' gene silencing technology, CSIRO is now working with commercial partners to develop specific product applications.

Dr Adnane Nemri: understanding virulence in flax rust

Dr Nemri's research centres on understanding the mechanisms involved in plant-pathogen interactions and how they co-evolve.

CSIRO’s other icon celebrates 50 years

It may not have spawned its own movie or played a part in NASA's moon landings, but in its own way, CSIRO’s Phytotron facility has made no less a contribution to science than its more famous cousin, the Parkes Radio Telescope, aka "The Dish".

Sugar research at CSIRO Plant Industry

CSIRO helps produce better sugarcane varieties to make sugarcane based industries more profitable and sustainable.

Dr Richard Richards: breeding better wheat

Dr Richard Richards is leading research to breed higher yielding wheats by better understanding the variation in growth, development and yield of wheat.

Australian Academy of Science honours CSIRO scientists

Dr Richard Richards and Dr Brian Walker have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to science by their election as Fellows to the Australian Academy of Science.

Improving cereal performance

Working within national regulations, researchers have established several trials around Australia to test how genetically modified wheat and barley varieties respond to field conditions.

Dr Andrew Moore: analysing grazing and mixed farming systems in southern Australia

Dr Andrew Moore builds and applies mathematical models of soil, plant, animal and human dynamics to analyse the effects of management and risk on a range of farming systems.

Gene technology: risk assessment

Understanding the impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) provides essential information to help make decisions about their release into the environment.

GM wheat and barley trial DIR117

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from CSIRO to establish a small field plot of experimental genetically modified (GM) wheat and barley in central New South Wales. (2 pages)

RNAi team wins 2005 CSIRO Chairman's Medal

The RNAi-based gene silencing team received the 2005 CSIRO Chairman's Medal.

Gene silencing information sheet

This two-page information sheet is about CSIRO’s gene silencing technology and its potential applications.

Gene technology: gene silencing

CSIRO's gene silencing technology is enabling researchers around the world protect animals from diseases and develop new crop varieties.

Hairpin RNAi

RNA interference (RNAi) is one of the most powerful technologies for discovering important trait genes and for use in the development of novel traits in plants.

Enabling the gene silencing revolution

CSIRO’s hairpin RNAi gene silencing technology promises to revolutionise molecular biology and the way some diseases are treated in the future. CSIRO’s hairpin RNAi gene silencing technology promises to revolutionise molecular biology and the way some diseases are treated in the future.

Dr Michelle Watt: helping wheat roots take up water

Dr Michelle Watt researches how roots grow and take up water from soil, and how they interact with soil microorganisms.

Deep roots for a dry country

Indian and Australian scientists are working together to develop new wheat varieties with deeper root systems that can reach stored water deep in the soil.

Dr Karen Aitken: taming the sugarcane genome

Dr Karen Aitken specialises in the molecular genetics of sugarcane with particular emphasis on application of markers to sugarcane plant breeding programs.

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