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Achievement updates from the Food Futures Flagship, August 2013

Achievements by Food Futures people including Matthew Morell, David Topping, Michelle Colgrave and Melony Sellars.

Wheat genetic markers shed light on selective breeding

Our researchers have developed a test for 9,000 genetic markers in wheat and they’re using it to find out what parts of the wheat genome have been targeted by selective breeding to make better crops.

Understanding the sex of salmon

Producing only female salmon is critical to the success of the A$408 million Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry in Australia. Our researchers are developing a genetic test to distinguish the sex of young salmon.

Dr Nick Wade: improving commercially relevant traits in aquaculture species

Dr Nick Wade is a functional molecular biologist and biochemist working on improving a range of commercially relevant traits in prawns, fish and other aquaculture species.

See wheat inspired art in August

At the Enlighten festival in Canberra, Eleanor Gates-Stuart’s artworks featuring wheat and weevils were projected on the side of Questacon. There are several more opportunities to see her work during August.

Salmon need to eat omega-3s too

An international fellowship has given Dr Brett Glencross the opportunity to assess the nutritional needs of Atlantic salmon, with results that are significant for the salmon industry in Australia.

Meet the scientist: Prof Steve Swain

Prof Steve Swain leads the Genetics of Wheat Yield stream of the CSIRO Food Futures Flagship Future Grains Theme.

Crustaceans' unique colour control system

We are studying the unique colour system in prawns and other crustaceans, which is important in aquaculture because their colour affects their market price.

'Perfect' food for 'perfect' prawns

Australian researchers have developed a food additive for farmed prawns that will mean prawn lovers will have access to more sustainable prawns that still taste great.

Advancing aquaculture feed and prawn breeding

Collaboration with the Australian prawn industry has delivered new aquaculture feeds and improved prawn production.

Dr Andrea Morash: investigating physiology in aquaculture species

Dr Morash is an environmental physiologist who studies how marine species such as abalone respond to their environment.

Increasing oil production from plants

Our researchers are developing plants that produce oil in their leaves as well as their seeds.

A sensory language for shellfish

We are working to develop a common language to describe the smell, taste and texture of oysters and abalone.

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.

Understanding the role of insect taste receptors in food security

Our researchers have discovered new information about the way insect taste receptors work, which could help us understand why insect pests eat what they do.

A new biosensor for detecting maltose

CSIRO researchers are working to develop biosensors with a range of possible applications, including the development of a sensor for maltose that could have applications in the food and beverage industries.

Elias Polymeropoulos: researching salmon physiology

Mr Elias Polymeropoulos measures how changing environments affect Atlantic salmon and other marine species.

Dr Sarah Andrewartha: exploring physiology in our changing environment

Dr Andrewartha applies her expertise to understanding the effects of environmental changes on shellfish physiology.

Movement for more resistant starch in your diet (Podcast 26 Jun 2013)

Consumption of resistant starch leads to positive changes in the bowel and could protect against genetic damage implicated in bowel cancer.

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.

Genomics to boost northern beef herd productivity – Building a genetic library

CSIRO researchers are tapping into the information contained in the DNA of Australia's northern beef herds to uncover ways to improve fertility in harsh northern conditions.

An anti-viral treatment for healthier black tiger prawns

CSIRO scientists have developed an antiviral capable of preventing prawn mortality from Gill-Associated Virus (GAV).

Flagship clusters

The National Research Flagships Program is one of the largest scientific initiatives ever mounted in Australia. Clusters, which are the main element of the Flagship Collaboration Fund offer opportunities for collaborations in areas of national importance.

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".

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.

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