Renewable industrial chemicals from plants
CSIRO Plant Industry in collaboration with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is researching plants that may be able to replace petrochemicals in the manufacture of polymers and other industrial products.
CSIRO is studying management practices such as crop sequence, nitrogen fertiliser application, and tillage and stubble management with the aim of helping farms remain sustainable and profitable into the future.
Lupins: crop improvement
CSIRO researchers are well positioned to capitalise on rapid advances in comparative legume genomics to help accelerate lupin crop improvement. Lupin research is now at an exciting stage with strong foundations established, including the development of genomic resources, molecular marker development, lupin transformation and the initiation of narrow-leaf lupin genome sequencing.
Legumes: developing better crops
CSIRO is working with legume seed crops such as soybeans, lupins, chickpeas and cowpeas, to develop drought tolerance, improve nutritional value and tackle disease.
CSIRO Plant Industry
CSIRO Plant Industry conducts research to promote profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, develop new plant products and improve natural resource management.
Grains go on an even bigger ‘health kick’
A new generation of grain-based foods could soon play a major role in improving public health, according to one of Australia’s leading biologists, CSIRO’s Dr Matthew Morell.
Plant diversity and conservation
CSIRO studies Australian plant diversity and community ecology and aims to conserve and protect it against threats such as exotic plant invasions.
Fighting disease, pests and weeds
CSIRO has extensive capabilities in researching, understanding and tackling various insect pests of plants, plant diseases and weeds.
Lupin flour gives pizza power (Podcast 05 Jan 2012)
Dr Rhonda Foley is examining the seed storage protein genes in lupins. The aim of this work is to identify important proteins that play a role in nutrition, including proteins involved in satiety -- the sensation of 'feeling full' -- and lowering blood glucose which may play a role in combating diabetes.
Dr Jairo Palta: adapting lupin and wheat
Dr Jairo Palta studies the physiology and genetics of processes that enhance adaptation of wheat and lupin to the Mediterranean climate region of south-western Australia.
Bio-Economics 101 - What does it mean? (Podcast 28 Apr 2008)
Is Australia ready to enter the world of 'bio-economics', and how many of us will be working in the 'bio-factories' of the future? In this podcast, CSIRO General Manager Cameron Begley explains how Australia is perfectly placed to support a shift to resources, based on things we grow. (5:16)