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CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.
Large-scale, long-term, multidisciplinary science to address Australia's major national challenges and opportunities.
CSIRO expertise is organised into 11 research areas
CSIRO manages national facilities and collections that are opened to researchers around Australia and overseas.
Plant Industry researchers promote profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural industries, developing new plant products and improving natural resource management.
Dr Mark Peoples has particular research interests in farming methods to manage nitrogen and water, subsoil constraints, soil biology and lucerne.
Research by Dr Mark R Thomas is improving our understanding of the function of grapevine genes, helping to improve grape and wine quality.
Dr Megan Hemming is studying the genetic control of development and yield in cereals.
Dr Michael Ayliffe aims to improve rust resistance in cereals by using transgenic (gene technology) approaches.
Dr Michael Bange develops decision support tools to assist cotton farm management.
Dr Michael Braunack is undertaking research on cotton farming systems to improve resource use efficiency.
Dr Michelle Watt researches how roots grow and take up water from soil, and how they interact with soil microorganisms
Dr Milos Ivkovich is a quantitative geneticist who combines genetics, wood science and economics to improve the profitability of radiata pine and other wood products.
Dr Ming-Bo Wang researches the RNA silencing in plants, in particular the mechanistic and the applied aspects of RNA silencing in plants.
Dr Narayana Upadhyaya is exploring the genes involved with stem rust infection in wheat.
Dr Nicola Cottee is working to identify high temperature tolerance in cotton cultivars.
Paul applies new DNA sequencing technologies to sugarcane, a crop plant with a particularly challenging DNA code that is more than three times bigger than in humans.
Dr Paul Boss is researching how grape genotype, environment and management affects wine flavour and aroma.
Mr Paul Warburton researches the production, evaluation and deployment of Eucalyptus hybrids in subtropical and tropical plantation forests.
Dr Dodds' research aims to elucidate how plants recognise and respond to pathogens with the ultimate aim of protecting important food crops from devastating diseases.
Dr Peter Ryan is investigating how root biology and rhizospheric processes can improve crop production on hostile soils.
Dr Peter Thrall leads research to improve plant production and protect plants from disease and pests.
Dr Philip Larkin researches wheat germplasm improvement.
Dr Phillip Jackson is developing sugarcane varieties with better cane yield, adaptation to adverse environments and increased sucrose content.
Dr Phil Ward researches plant water use to improve water management on farms.
Dr Pushkar Shrestha is developing long-chain omega-3 oil in seed crops.
Dr Rana Munns leads research to investigate and improve the salt tolerance of crops.
Dr Rhonda Foley is studying plant defence regulation to understand how crops can be more effective against pathogens.
Dr Richard Culvenor focuses on the use of perennial grasses for low rainfall conditions.
Dr Richard James is breeding wheat varieties to combat salinity.
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