Farming: roots and soil
CSIRO is studying plant roots and their association with soil and plant productivity to boost sustainable crop and pasture production.
Protecting high rainfall zone (HRZ) biodiversity
In recent years, CSIRO has been highly successful in developing wheat varieties and farming systems suitable for the high rainfall zone (HRZ) of Australia. However, increased cropping intensity in these new regions is likely to challenge species biodiversity of these areas.
Plants and climate change
CSIRO is identifying the likely impacts of climate change on plant growth and production and its effects on farming.
Plant conservation and biodiversity
CSIRO has a range of skills and facilities to assist in research that will help protect and enhance Australia’s unique biodiversity and combat environmental problems such as dryland salinity.
CSIRO’s plant breeding capabilities benefit a range of agribusiness industries from horticulture and pastoral through to broadacre crops such as wheat.
CSIRO’s applies its capabilities in plant biology to better understand how plants function to identify ways of improving crop production.