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Biodiversity and Agriculture

CSIRO is helping to manage Australian farming landscapes to increase biodiversity with benefits to productivity, profitability and environment. This includes protecting against the increasing threat from invasive species.

Locating cattle with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)

CSIRO is working to develop, test and demonstrate the latest thermal remote sensing technology on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to identify the location of livestock in extensive rangelands. By using a UAV platform, cattle can be located across very broad areas to assist producers in improving the efficiency, and reducing the cost, of mustering often done by helicopter at great expense.

Precision Livestock Management

CSIRO is working on the development and application of new and emerging technologies with potential to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of livestock production systems through enhanced measurement, monitoring, movement and management of animals and their environment.

Measuring cattle body condition

CSIRO is working to develop, test and demonstrate the latest laser imaging and stereo imaging technology to monitor the body weight and condition of cattle. By then putting it together with predictive models, we hope to be able to calculate ahead of time so that producers and their advisers can make more accurate, informed and timely decisions regarding the day to day management of livestock.

Creating a 'digital' homestead

CSIRO is working with partners in Queensland to build a ‘one-stop-shop’ online dashboard to enable farmers to access information about their farms remotely, integrate it with know-how from outside the farm, all with the aim of improving their decisions.

Woodstock, Qld (Lansdown Research Station)

CSIRO's Lansdown Research Station in north Queensland supports a team of researchers using novel technologies to deliver science-based solutions for the tropical beef industry.

Mr Allan Peake: Improving water-use-efficiency in irrigated grain crops

Mr Allan Peake is a research agronomist who is developing improved agronomic management techniques for irrigated grain crops, and is conducting research into how crops use water.

Flinders and Gilbert Agricultural Resource Assessment

CSIRO has completed, for the Australian Government, an investigation of opportunities for water and agricultural development in the Flinders and Gilbert catchments of north Queensland.

Map of Australia's soil carbon

CSIRO has produced a map showing organic carbon stored in Australian soil. The map provides an important benchmark which will help Australia track changes in soil carbon stocks and assist with strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Australian soil carbon map sets a baseline for future gains

A new CSIRO-developed map of Australia's stored soil carbon provides an important benchmark against which Australia can track future changes in soil carbon storage or carbon sequestration.

Greenhouse Gas Abatement and Carbon Storage in Land Use Systems

The Sustainable Agriculture Flagship is developing science, technology, measurement and management systems to help reduce net greenhouse gas emissions from Australian lands while increasing the storage of new carbon in our lands.

Frequently asked questions about the impact of floods on agriculture and food

This page provides information about the impacts of the flooding on agriculture, including soils, production, supply, farm infrastructure and livelihoods.

Northern Australia

CSIRO has operated in northern Australia for more than 70 years and continues to maintain a strong presence in the region.

Livestock Logistics

Northern Australia’s beef herd comprises 12.5 million cattle and makes up 90 per cent of Australia’s live cattle exports. CSIRO has developed a series of tools to help improve the efficiency of the transport that keeps this industry moving.

Catchment report for the Gilbert catchment, north Queensland

Catchment report for the Gilbert catchment, north Queensland.

Flinders catchment report: the Flinders and Gilbert Agricultural Resource Assessment

Catchment report for the Flinders catchment, north Queensland.

The Soil Carbon Research Program: assessing soil carbon across Australia

The first nationally coordinated program of soil carbon research has gathered a wealth of information on soil carbon stocks that will underpin Australia’s greenhouse gas accounting, carbon farming and sustainable agriculture.

Primary industries, enterprises and communities adapting to climate change

The Climate Adaptation Flagship is developing adaptation options for Australia's primary industry and resource sectors to reduce the vulnerabilities and enhance opportunities created by climate change and variability.

Precision Agriculture: extracting additional value from grain production through selective harvesting

New research aims to take lessons learnt in the wine industry and to apply these in grains and so ‘proof the concept’ of selective harvesting in the grains industry so as to enhance its profitability.

SoilMapp for iPad: soil information at your fingertips

Find out what’s beneath your feet with CSIRO’s first app, SoilMapp, making soil information accessible from your location.

Bee sensors take flight to help farmers

Thousands of honey bees in Australia are being fitted with tiny sensors as part of a world-first research program to monitor the insects and their environment using a technique known as 'swarm sensing'.

Farming Ahead: CSIRO and related articles from 2010

Farming Ahead magazine regularly features CSIRO's research for the agricultural sector. This is a list of CSIRO articles published in the magazine throughout 2010.

Investing in our future

An estimated one billion people around the world go to sleep hungry each night. With the global population expected to rise from seven to nine billion by 2050, one of the biggest challenges the world faces is food security – that is, ensuring there is enough food for all.

Dr Brian Keating: Director, CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship

Farming systems expert, Dr Brian Keating is Director of CSIRO's Sustainable Agriculture Flagship.

Soil carbon and biochar frequently asked questions

This fact sheet draws on CSIRO research to answer some of the common questions about soil carbon and biochar.

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