This page provides easy to understand definitions of common biotechnology words and terms.
Native plants and forestry
CSIRO studies Australian native plants to better understand their variety, needs and role in contemporary ecosystems.
Crop Biofactories Initiative
CSIRO is using its expertise in plant, biochemical and material sciences and its strong base in existing research in crop biofactories to help position Australia as a significant global player in the bioeconomy.
Plant gene technology
CSIRO is a leader in plant gene technology delivering practical, profitable and sustainable plant products and novel gene technologies.
CSIRO Plant Industry information sheets
CSIRO Plant Industry has a number of easy-to-read information sheets on various aspects of our plant science research. This page links to these information sheets.
GM wheat and barley trials - DIR112
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved the CSIRO's Food Futures Flagship’s application to establish small field plots of experimental genetically modified (GM) wheat and barley at the Department of Food and Agriculture Western Australia ‘New Genes for New Environments’ GM trial facility at Merredin in Western Australia. (2 pages)
Good news for wheat farmers battling salinity
A salt-tolerant variety of durum wheat that outperforms other varieties by 25 per cent on salty soils has been developed by CSIRO scientists using traditional crop breeding techniques.
Conservation: plant-microbe interactions
CSIRO is using the relationships between plants and microbes to understand pathogen resistance, improve revegetation programs and investigate the structure of plant communities
Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture
CSIRO and James Cook University have a strategic alliance known as the Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture (TLJV) to facilitate collaborative research between these two world-class organisations.
New CSIRO lime varieties
CSIRO has selected and crossed Australian native limes to produce new citrus varieties with their own unique taste.
GM wheat and barley trial - DIR111
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved CSIRO's application to establish a small field plot of experimental genetically modified (GM) wheat and barley in the ACT. (3 pages)
GM wheat and barley trial - DIR099
The CSIRO Food Futures National Research Flagship is conducting genetically modified (GM) wheat and barley trials in New South Wales and Western Australia. (2 pages)
GM wheat and barley trial - DIR093
The CSIRO Food Futures National Research Flagship is conducting a GM wheat and barley trial in the ACT. The trial is part of a larger project to investigate grains with enhanced nutritional properties.
GM wheat and barley trial - DIR094
The CSIRO Food Futures National Research Flagship conducting a GM wheat and barley trial in the ACT. The trial aims to evaluate the nitrogen use efficiency of these experimental plants.